Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Scott Walker's latest budget may telegraph his 2018 strategy - MATTHEW DeFOUR, Madison.com

Gov. Scott Walker’s latest budget proposal has left little doubt that he plans to run for re-election in 2018 and may telegraph his strategy for winning a third term. Walker has said he won’t announce a decision until after the budget wraps up this summer. But after his approval rating tanked during a short-lived presidential run in 2015, he spent time last year hosting private meetings around the state and announced plans to ratchet up his campaign fundraising. The latest sign of an imminent run is a 2017-19 budget proposal chock-full of new spending that offers something for just about everyone. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/scott-walker-s-latest-budget-may-telegraph-his-strategy/article_910683b7-ee53-5ce5-9baa-b7091b3eca18.html

UND president asks deans for rewrites on budget proposals - Andrew Haffner, Forum News

Budget cut recommendations submitted last week to the UND president’s office by campus leaders have been returned for further editing. A UND news release stated the president’s office has given campus leadership another week to rewrite their proposals with an eye toward more structural reductions as opposed to one-time cuts. UND President Mark Kennedy stated his office is “taking additional time to ensure that our analysis provides a sound basis for our budget decisions.” The recommendations delivered by the deans contained plans to reduce their budgets by 4, 8 and 12 percent to make way for an estimated university funding cut of $16 million and a fund reallocation of $7 million. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/und-president-asks-deans-for-rewrites-on-budget-proposals/article_173dfda3-3951-51b5-be25-099538c4db51.html

Wolf's budget proposes $30M cut to Penn's vet school - Katie Colaneri, Newsworks

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's belt-tightening budget includes a proposal to cut more than $30 million in state funds to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. The vet school, along with Penn State University, is a member of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System that helps "detect, contain and eradicate livestock and poultry diseases," according to the governor's budget document calling for the "elimination of state subsidies for the private" veterinary college at Penn. The vet school appears poised to push back. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/101287-wolfs-budget-proposes-30m-cut-to-penns-vet-school?linktype=related_articlepage

Monday, February 20, 2017

Curators discuss state budget cuts in dire terms - Roger McKinney, Columbia Tribune

University of Missouri System curators used terms including "emergency" and "crisis" Friday to describe the system's financial situation after proposed state budget cuts were announced. Gov. Eric Greitens last month restricted $31.4 million from the university system's fiscal year 2017 budget. The governor's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1, recommends cutting $40.4 million from the UM System's appropriation. "Something's got to happen," interim UM System President Mike Middleton said at the Board of Curators meeting Friday. "It's an emergency. http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/education/curators-discuss-state-budget-cuts-in-dire-terms/article_f8e27fab-982b-5f6f-9766-ed88a710b9b5.html

W&M braces for budget cut - Virginia Gazette

The state did not ask universities to cut equally. Some, like Richard Bland College, will have much smaller expected cuts than William and Mary. "They saw a place like this — a national university that doesn't have much trouble bringing in students — and they thought we could handle a cut like this," Jones said. Jones has asked budget managers in every department to take a long look at their budgets and see where they can draw back their spending in any number of ways. Finding places to be save can be a tall task, but its a doable one, he said. "There are ways to save money here, and we'd be naive to think otherwise," Jones said. http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-wmbov-0211-20170211-story.html

State budget cuts could lead to loss of jobs, programs at Iowa Western - Krystal Sidzyik, Nonpariel Online

Iowa Western Community College President Dan Kinney said $185,000 was cut from his school’s budget, and, while he anticipated the cuts, the college will still have to make changes regarding spending. “If you go back 10 years, funding for community colleges has increased 1.7 percent – and not per year. That’s over 10 years total,” Kinney said. “So we haven’t been getting a tremendous amount of support from the state of Iowa, and it’s had an accumulating effect on the budget.” Kinney said the college would not increase tuition this year but would instead look at eliminating 22 positions, 10 of which are expected to be faculty. While Kinney couldn’t provide which departments could expect the cuts, he told KMA Radio on Thursday morning that cuts are coming through an elimination of programs – mainly arts and sciences transfer programs. http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/state-budget-cuts-could-lead-to-loss-of-jobs-programs/article_4800e72f-86ea-5f2d-ba6d-0953e77103fd.html

Sunday, February 19, 2017

NDSU's Bresciani: Budget outlook still 'gloomy' - Patrick Springer, In Forum

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani warned an alumni group that the budget outlook for 2017-19 remains gloomy and said administrators are girding for a budget cut in the range of 20 percent. But Bresciani said there still is confusion in the Capitol about which of two gubernatorial budget proposals—or even which budget year—will serve as the baseline to shape the 2017-19 spending plan. "I think the mood certainly is sobering there," he said. Legislators continue to be "less than optimistic" about the revenue forecast, due March 9, that will guide the size of the budget. http://www.inforum.com/news/4216112-ndsus-bresciani-budget-outlook-still-gloomy

Illinois student leaders press governor for budget meeting - Julie Wurth, News-Gazette

Student-body presidents representing 18 Illinois universities and colleges, both public and private, are pressing the governor and legislative leaders for a meeting to discuss the state's budget crisis. "There are thousands of college students who have been heavily affected by the budget impasse within our state. We need clarity on the state of the budget conflict so that we can inform the students, faculty, and families whom we represent, and who are deeply impacted by the decisions made in Springfield," they wrote. The letter was sent Friday to Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-02-11/college-student-leaders-press-governor-budget-meeting.html

How Trump's War on Science Might Hurt the University of Washington - Ethan Linck, UW Slog

By targeting three of the largest sources of federal research and development funding, these orders quickly provoked outrage among scientists, whose jobs, students, and research often depend on this support. They also raised questions about the impact of what massive funding cuts would mean for the many public institutions that rely on them—none of which have as large a stake as University of Washington. The economic impact of this investment on our state and the broader region has been enormous: in the 2015 fiscal year alone (PDF), for instance, the UW brought in over a billion dollars of federal funding, generating an estimated $12.5 billion in economic impact and contributing to the salaries of 14,251 employees. How daily operations and research output will actually be affected by an anti-science, budget-slashing Trump administration will depend on which agencies are targeted for reductions in funding. http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/01/27/24829608/how-trumps-war-on-science-might-hurt-the-university-of-washington

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Black Hawk College faculty plead for their jobs amid cuts - Associated Press

Faculty members at a community college in western Illinois are asking trustees to reconsider job cuts amid the lack of a state budget. Black Hawk College is eliminating 17 full-time positions. On Thursday professor Richard Harwood pleaded with trustees. He said he's received notice his job teaching geology and other courses will be terminated at the semester's end and his program will be cut. He's worked at the school for 23 years. Harwood says he can't retire "with dignity and honor" and being told he's no longer needed has hurt "deeper than I can express." Black Hawk College president Bettie Truitt says declining enrollment and state funding cuts have strained the school's budget. The Moline Dispatch reports the school has received about 35 percent of anticipated state funding in the last two years. http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170127/black-hawk-college-faculty-plead-for-their-jobs-amid-cuts

SIU ending men’s, women’s tennis program amid budget woes - Associated Press

Southern Illinois University is cutting its men’s and women’s tennis programs and reducing scholarships for the men’s swimming and diving teams. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports the reductions announced Thursday come as SIU faces declining enrollment and the state remains without a budget. School officials say the move will save about $660,000 annually starting next school year. http://fox2now.com/2017/01/27/siu-ending-mens-womens-tennis-program-amid-budget-woes/

Ivy Tech's north central region faces $2.67 million budget deficit - Margaret Fosmoe, South Bend Tribune

Ivy Tech Community College's north central region is developing a budget reduction plan in response to a projected $2.67 million deficit for this fiscal year. That plan will include belt tightening, including the possibility of employee reductions through attrition and layoffs, Chancellor Thomas Coley said Friday. He said he couldn't yet provide any estimates of the number of possible worker reductions. "We have no plans to cut programs," he said. The north central region covers St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko and Marshall counties. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/ivy-tech-s-north-central-region-faces-million-budget-deficit/article_8216754e-8672-5e87-a2df-5b4cda5e55e3.html

Friday, February 17, 2017

U Nebraska President Bounds Names Budget Response Team - KTIC

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced today that he has named a cost-cutting Budget Response Team that will re-think a range of university operations in the face of likely budget challenges ahead. The work of the Budget Response Team, detailed in a presentation by Bounds to the NU Board of Regents, will span 10 areas of key university operations and engage nearly 100 subject-matter experts from within and outside of the university. Each area will be represented by a task force charged with identifying strategies for meaningful cuts – or in some cases revenue growth – while advancing university-wide goals for collaboration and outstanding service to students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. Bounds said the Budget Response Team is necessitated by the state’s current fiscal challenges and their likely impact on the university’s $945 million operating budget, which is funded by state appropriations and tuition revenue. http://kticradio.com/regional-news/president-bounds-names-budget-response-team-to-cut-costs-in-university-operations/

University of Central Missouri planning ahead for budget cuts - Nicole Cooke, Sedalia Democrat

Colleges and universities across the state are working to figure out how to cut costs after Gov. Eric Greitens announced a budget cut to higher education last week, including the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Greitens cut more than $146 million in spending from the budget, including close to $68 million in core funding for public universities and community colleges. About $4.1 million is being withheld from UCM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, according to Assistant Director of University Relations Jeff Murphy, which he said is about 8 percent of the institution’s state funding. http://sedaliademocrat.com/news/20845/university-of-central-missouri-planning-ahead-for-budget-cuts

University of Montana president requests information on buyouts for budget planning - KEILA SZPALLER, Missoulian

University of Montana President Sheila Stearns said Friday she asked the Commissioner's Office of Higher Education whether UM may offer early buyouts to personnel. "It wasn't a formal request at all," Stearns said. "I'm curious. At this point, that would probably be good information to have." UM announced in fall 2015 it needed to make cuts later estimated at $12 million due to falling enrollment. Last month, Stearns took the helm, and in her midyear update last week, she said the university remains personnel-heavy, with employees comprising 81 percent of the budget. http://missoulian.com/news/local/university-of-montana-president-requests-information-on-buyouts-for-budget/article_ccab6613-2a10-5462-8de5-21d15c8b819b.html

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Budget deal cuts $8 million from UIowa, ISU; $2 million from UNI - Jeff Charis-Carlson, DesMoines Register

A budget deal struck Monday in the Iowa Legislature would cut $2 million this year from the budget at the University of Northern Iowa as well as $8 million each from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. The deal has been approved by leaders of the Iowa House and Senate and Gov. Terry Branstad. It cleared a Senate subcommittee Monday and is expected to be ratified this week by both chambers, sending the package to Branstad for his signature. Officials for the Iowa Board of Regents, who oversee the three universities, said the current-year cuts will not affect tuition rates for the 2017-18 academic year. Future tuition increases, however, will depend whether lawmakers can match the regents' minimum funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2017/01/23/budget-deal-cuts-8-million-ui-isu-2-million-uni/96967308/

Higher education officials brace for impact of Trump liberal arts cuts - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Grinnell College last week began demolition to make way for a new $114 million complex dedicated to humanities and social sciences research and education. Scheduled to open in fall 2020, the new complex will house the school’s library and performing arts facilities, while incorporating new technology into the arts and humanities disciplines. Citing an anonymous insider from the Trump Administration, The Hill reported that the president plans to terminate the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts, and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The cuts would save taxpayers about $290 million in annual federal spending, based upon FY2015 funding levels. http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-education-officials-brace-for-impact-of-trump-liberal-arts-cuts/434644/

Editorial: Higher education shouldn’t bury students in debt - Topeka Capital-Journal

As the national student loan debt clock ticks past $1.4 trillion and 63 percent of Kansans struggle with increasing debt burdens (according to recent data from the Institute for College Access and Success), our state continues to withhold funds from higher education. Among the substantial proportion of Kansans who have taken out student loans, the average level of debt is $28,008 – a number that has been steadily growing for years. Over the past decade, tuition has surged by more than 40 percent in our state (meaning it has increased at roughly twice the rate of inflation). http://cjonline.com/opinion/editorials/2017-01-20/editorial-higher-education-shouldn-t-bury-students-debt

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Editorial: Take a deeper look before vilifying tuition increases - the Gateway, University of Alberta

Another year, another international tuition increase. When it was announced in November that tuition would be raised by at least 3.02 per cent for all international students with no such increases on domestic students, many were left crying foul. How can they not? Their tuition, already nearly triple what domestic students pay, is increasing for undergraduates by anywhere from $614.40 and $1,334.32 per year in 2017-18. Coupled with being away from family, language barriers, and uncertain financial situations, I — and every other domestic student — can’t begin to comprehend the stress this would bring. The narrative surrounding this increase has, so far, vilified the university at every turn. Students have expressed feeling like cash cows, and as though the university is balancing its budget on the backs of international students. This is true in many ways, but don’t be fooled into thinking domestic tuition wouldn’t be going up too if the university had its way. https://thegatewayonline.ca/2017/01/editorial-take-deeper-look-vilifying-tuition-increases/

OK U Landscape and Grounds faces more than $80,000 in cuts amid budget decrease - Kayla Branch, OU Daily

OU’s Landscape and Grounds budget has been reduced by more than $80,000 in the past year. Following OU’s 7 percent tuition increase, implemented because of a cut in state funding amid a statewide budget crisis, the landscape budget also lost revenue, OU budget director Linda Anderson said. Anderson said there was initially only a $6,072 reduction from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017, but that number was raised after an additional assessment. “Landscape was assessed an additional $76,691 cut after July 1, 2016,” Anderson said. “So the total reduction to their budget in one year was $82,763.” http://www.oudaily.com/news/ou-landscape-and-grounds-faces-more-than-in-cuts-amid/article_024986a2-ddd9-11e6-b607-d7e60008d5b5.html

Our views: Richland layoffs a bad sign for Decatur region - Herald and Review EDITORIAL BOARD

Richland Community College laying off five positions is not a good sign. In fact, it’s worrisome. The reason is a 12 percent loss in state funding over the last six years. For blame, look no further than the ongoing budget mess in Springfield, a political stalemate that continues to astonish. Illinois hasn’t had a budget in nearly two years. The state is projecting shortfalls of $5.3 billion for the current fiscal year, providing virtually no stability to institutions that rely on state revenues. http://herald-review.com/news/opinion/editorial/our-views-richland-layoffs-a-bad-sign-for-decatur-region/article_32fa496b-7047-5b5b-b46a-c605e78dda59.html