Saturday, November 16, 2019

UC SAN DIEGO FACING POTENTIAL FISCAL DISASTER - Mo Al Elew, Triton

UC San Diego is facing a projected $24.2 million budget deficit in the 2021–22 fiscal year. According to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, despite improvements in reputation and advancements in research, UCSD will need an additional $35 million in funding each year in order to stay financially afloat. The $35 million in additional funding is the number of funds needed to sustain core university operations such as faculty salaries, increased union wages, utilities, financial aid, and infrastructure upkeep.
http://triton.news/2019/10/uc-san-diego-facing-potential-fiscal-disaster/

Kentucky ranks 8th worst for college affordability - AARON MUDD, BG Daily News

Kentucky has the 8th worst college affordability, measured as the net cost of attending a four-year public institution as a share of median household income, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “I think that college affordability in our state is a crisis,” said Ashley Spalding, a senior policy analyst with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, which co-released the report Thursday with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
https://www.bgdailynews.com/news/kentucky-ranks-th-worst-for-college-affordability/article_92b17641-d376-596b-bf64-5ad6d6f16744.html

Friday, November 15, 2019

UMD expects $5.2 million in budget cuts - Andee Erickson, Duluth News Tribune

In an email sent Oct. 11, UMD Chancellor Lendley C. Black informed faculty and staff that administration hopes to provide a detailed plan for the budget cuts by mid-November. "Although it is difficult and painful, we must make tough decisions now to resolve our budget deficits and move forward in ways that strengthen UMD’s excellence, as we build a stronger financial foundation for the future," Black wrote.
https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/education/4740890-UMD-expects-5.2-million-in-budget-cuts

State Cuts to Higher Education Funding Shift the Burden to Students - Sara Weissman, Diverse Ed

A new report by the Center on Budget and Public Policy Priorities shows state disinvestment in higher education creates higher costs for students and their families, impacting low-income students and students of color.  In the school year of 2008 to 2018, state funding for public two-year and four-year institutions has dropped by over $6.6 million, after adjusting for inflation, according to the report. This report “paints a very bleak picture,” said the report’s lead author Michael Mitchell, senior director for equity and inclusion at the Center on Budget and Public Policy Priorities. “With lowered state funding, higher tuition and increasing burdens on students, it really starts to beg the question of what constitutes public higher education.”
https://diverseeducation.com/article/158255/

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The role of universities in a highly technological age - Gerard A Postiglione, University World News

Universities are, however, facing the challenge of how to align their core missions with the rapid emergence of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and algorithms, facial recognition, biosensors, augmented reality, gamification, blockchain, cloud computing and other yet-to-be-created technological innovations. These can become disruptive, but they can also be tapped for their potential to improve how students are selected, how courses are offered, how student learning is programmed and evaluated, how higher finance is managed, how knowledge networks are organised, accessed and expanded, and how more graduates can be prepared for entrepreneurial jobs, smart cities and sustainable development.
https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20191023081415452

University of Iowa closing outreach and engagement office - Vanessa Miller, the Gazette

The University of Iowa is closing its 6-year-old Office of Outreach and Engagement, affecting eight staffers and canceling grant programs that will move to the university’s other colleges and departments. The office — which former UI Provost Barry Butler established in 2013 to boost community engagement across Iowa — will close at the end of the calendar year, according to an email the office staff sent to colleagues Thursday.

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/education/university-of-iowa-closing-outreach-and-engagement-office-20191025

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Profs group raises concern about instructor cuts at OU - Conor Morris, Athens News

Ohio University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors is raising the alarm about the termination of non-tenure-track teaching staff members (sometimes referred to as “Group 2” faculty) in a time of ongoing budget cuts. It also comes as the university administration set a target of roughly $19.3 million in budget reductions last spring that it’s asking OU’s various Athens campus academic colleges to make over the next four years. The largest portion of that – about $8 million – is coming from the College of Arts and Sciences.
https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/profs-group-raises-concern-about-instructor-cuts-at-ou/article_c2768dd2-f5c1-11e9-acc0-d701448b08f1.html

TNCC to layoff 45 employees. Here’s why - Julia Marsigliano, WY Daily

Thomas Nelson Community College is laying off 45 of its employees in order to save money. In a letter sent to the campus community, TNCC President John Dever wrote the college has “no choice” but to cut the university’s staff.
https://wydaily.com/local-news/2019/10/24/tncc-to-layoff-45-employees-heres-why/

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Study: Less state funding has hiked college tuition by nearly 40% since 2008 crisis - Daniel Uria, UPI

Decreases in state funding have pushed the cost of higher education to historic levels over the past decade, according to a new report by a budgetary think tank. The 22-page analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Thursday the average cost for tuition at four-year public institutions in all 50 states increased by nearly 40 percent between 2008 and 2018, or a little over $2,700. Overall funding for two- and four-year state colleges and universities, meanwhile, decreased by $6.6 billion.
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/10/25/Study-Less-state-funding-has-hiked-college-tuition-by-nearly-40-since-2008-crisis/6241571963849/?sl=2

U of C eliminates 25 jobs in what union calls provincial budget cuts BILL KAUFMANN, Calgary Herald

The University of Calgary has axed 25 support staff positions in a move likely related to the provincial budget, a union official said Thursday. The job cuts began Wednesday, said Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 052 chair Justin Huseby, who expects they won’t be the last. “The positions of support staff were terminated and we anticipate more,” said Huseby. He said the positions were permanently “abolished,” with those let go responsible for such things as centralized communications and hosting internal and external events, said the union official.

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/u-of-c-eliminates-26-jobs-in-what-union-calls-provincial-budget-cuts

Monday, November 11, 2019

Alberta Budget 2019: $44-million cut to hit University of Alberta - MOIRA WYTON, Edmonton Journal

Alberta’s two largest post-secondary institutions will be among the hardest hit by cuts to advanced education in the provincial budget on Thursday. Provincial grants to both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary will be cut by 6.9 per cent this fiscal year, said a document released by the ministry of advanced education Friday. That means a $44-million cut to the U of A alone, as well as a one-time suspension of $35 million for infrastructure maintenance. “The 6.9% cut to our Campus Alberta grant for this year, in addition to the loss of IMP funding, is significant,” wrote U of A president David Turpin in a blog post on Thursday.
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-budget-2019-44-million-cut-to-hit-university-of-alberta

Why More Small Nonprofit Colleges Are Facing An Uncertain Future - Max Larkin and Carrie Jung, WBUR

Last year, Moody’s Investor Services reported college closures across the nation had reached 11 per year between 2015 and 2017. That was more than double the average during the previous decade. Moody's predicted closures would continue to increase, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. Massachusetts is home to 146 post-secondary institutions: from Harvard and UMass Amherst to tiny for-profit programs that teach cosmetology and massage. That’s one for every 47,000 of the state’s residents. All of those institutions come with histories, strengths and weaknesses of their own. But nearly one in five institutions are like Mount Ida in some important respects.
https://www.wbur.org/edify/2019/10/21/small-colleges-big-challenges

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Report: College leaders not confident they can beat new competition - Hallie Busta, Education Dive

When it comes to strategic planning, just one in six colleges is looking a decade or more ahead, according to a new report from the American Council on Education (ACE), Huron and the Georgia Institute of Technology based on a survey of 495 leaders at four-year institutions. They cite several challenges ahead: more competition for new students, particularly from national universities investing heavily in online education; an increase in nontraditional students; less state and federal support; and declining public confidence in higher ed's value. While they say their institutions are prepared to meet students' changing needs, they are less confident in their ability to address new forms of competition or change how the public views higher ed.
https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-college-leaders-not-confident-they-can-beat-new-competition/565483/

The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors - Heather Long, Washington Post

As humanities majors slump to the lowest level in decades, calls are coming from surprising places for a revival. Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields. Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” opens with him reminiscing about an enlightening history class he took as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He wrote that what he learned about the Great Depression was far more useful in understanding the period of economic and financial turmoil than anything he learned in his economic courses.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/19/worlds-top-economists-just-made-case-why-we-still-need-english-majors/

Saturday, November 9, 2019

‘No majors, no departments’: Hampshire College votes to shape academics around modern challenges- JACQUELYN VOGHEL, Hampshire Gazette

“We are restructuring ourselves to move questions and projects to the center of every student’s education,” Hampshire College President Ed Wingenbach said at The Red Barn on Wednesday.
With the new academic model, “Hampshire is radicalizing its transdisciplinary commitment,” he said, “removing all barriers across fields of study to create truly integrated curriculum. No majors, no departments, no curricular divisions, liberating students to formulate questions that have never been answered before.”
https://www.gazettenet.com/HampshireUpdate-hg-101719-29359892

State revenue, demographics squeeze Oklahoma's community colleges and regional universities interest - Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

It’s been a tough 10 years for Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities. Appropriations fell 26% in three years and remain at levels not seen in two decades. Enrollment at most schools sagged, particularly in teacher education programs that for many have been their bread and butter. Even more problematic, the notion that a college education isn’t worth the time and money as “career training” became the policymakers’ catch phrase.
https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state-revenue-demographics-squeeze-oklahoma-s-community-colleges-and-regional/article_a35e1fc4-4f65-5c90-8ffd-877609986567.html

Friday, November 8, 2019

E-town College students, alumni to protest liberal arts cuts on Homecoming weekend - ALEX GELI, Lancaster Online

On arguably the busiest weekend on campus, a student group at Elizabethtown College plans to call attention to a rift it says the college created after it announced the elimination of some liberal arts programs and staff. The Elizabethtown Student Advocacy Group is organizing a “peace walk” Saturday, on Homecoming weekend, starting at noon. A dozen or so students, alumni and community members are expected to walk from Leffler Chapel and Performance Center to the Baugher Student Center. The event, organizers say, is to open up a dialogue between college administrators and students over budget cuts.
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/e-town-college-students-alumni-to-protest-liberal-arts-cuts/article_d1391884-f1e4-11e9-89f5-f7f7e983417c.html

Budget Crisis Sends a Ripple Effect Throughout Queens College POSTED - DANIEL LUBOFSKY, the Knight News

Queens College is bending to demands forced upon it in recent years by an increasing budget issue that’s rapidly spreading across the entire CUNY system. “A disturbing trend in faculty hiring at QC is that we increasingly hire lecturers rather than professorial lines,” an anonymous professor wrote in a statement, “simply because lecturers’ salaries are lower and they are contractually required to teach more — 24 credits a year instead of 18 credits a year for a professorial line.” The professor chose to remain anonymous due to conflict of interest. Professors have an annual teaching load of 18 credits, or six courses. For lecturers, those numbers are 24 or eight courses, respectively.
https://www.theknightnews.com/2019/10/17/budget-crisis-sends-a-ripple-effect-throughout-queens-college/

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Recent state budget cuts leave college students scrambling - Richard Pappas, GRBJ

The budget dispute in Lansing has resulted in drastic cuts to an essential needs-based tuition grant program for Michigan students. Just last week, the Michigan Tuition Grant was redlined out of the state’s budget for the year. This decision not only puts our state’s most vulnerable populations at risk, but it also puts our economic future on the line. Michigan’s Tuition Grant provides financial aid for nearly 2,000 students at Davenport University and nearly 17,000 students attending college across the state, including adults, veterans and first-generation students. Each of these students represent individuals who can’t afford this loss of aid if they are to pursue postsecondary education.
https://www.grbj.com/articles/94521-recent-state-budget-cuts-leave-college-students-scrambling

Universities and colleges preparing for 10 per cent cut next year, internal email says - Janet French, Edmonton Journal

Alberta post-secondary institutions are anticipating three consecutive years of cuts to public funding, according to an internal university email obtained by Postmedia. Departments at Calgary’s Mount Royal University are planning for a 10 per cent cut the first year, another 10 per cent cut the second year and five per cent the third year, according to an email sent by Brad Clark, chair of journalism and broadcast media studies at the university.
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/universities-and-colleges-preparing-for-10-per-cent-cut-next-year-internal-email-says

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

President, provost address campus climate survey, university budget in conversation with the Stanford community - Stanford

For the current fiscal year, Stanford has a $6.8 billion operating budget, which includes $1.6 billion in general funds and a capital budget of $900 million. Although substantial, the budget, she said, is tight due in part to the fact that growth in the endowment payout is not keeping up with rising costs. She said that strategic decision-making was necessary to set priorities for how funds are used.
https://news.stanford.edu/2019/10/17/president-provost-conversation/