Monday, July 20, 2015

New EIU president talks budget cuts, future - KARSTEN BURGSTAHLER JG-TC

On top of the overdue state budget, the university's decrease in enrollment, coupled with the decrease in state appropriations, hasn't been met with a decrease in expenses, Glassman said. "It will be very, very difficult to not have some layoffs this year at Eastern," he said. Layoffs won't be contained to one department, he said; while academics will see a large expense cut because much of the funding goes to it, the academic side cuts will be smaller proportionally to non-academic side cuts in areas such as student affairs and athletics. Glassman said he has also met with Athletics Director Tom Michael to make sure the department does not run over its budget this year. No particular sports have been identified for cuts yet, Glassman said.

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