june 1, 2009 budget clarification from chancellor meadors
- We have the budget recommendations from the Governor and the Senate. We are waiting on the finalized recommendation from the House of Representatives.
- Once the House’s finalized version of the budget is ready, it will be sent to the Joint Committee (made up of Senate and House members) to negotiate a final budget for the Governor’s signature. It must be a balanced budget recommendation.
- We have been told that the State now forecasts an overall State budget shortfall of over $4 billion from our previous budget, which is greater than originally expected.
- The House budget recommends that the UNC system be cut in excess of 11%. We have been told that the UNC system’s cuts will be in the range of 11-14%.
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- We have made a commitment to decrease Academic Affairs’ budget cut percentage less than the other areas of the University. Over 65+% of our State dollars goes to support Academic Affairs, including the Library.
- For each percent of the overall budget cuts that we do not reduce Academic Affairs’ budget, the remaining UNCP divisions’ cut percentage increases significantly. If we had an overall budget cut of 12%, and we sought to keep Academic Affairs’ cuts in the 9% range(our current goal), this would require us to cut other divisions by 15-20+% ---Student Affairs, Business Affairs, University and Community Relations, Chancellor’s Office, Enrollment Management, Athletics (State-appropriations only), and Advancement. Please remember that any percentage cut increase above 5% will be mostly personnel/ position cuts since nearly 75% of our State budget is personnel.
- Using the above guidelines, each division is carefully reviewing their budgets. At the higher end of these percentages, many services now being provided by staff will be eliminated, significantly reduced, and/or will be transferred to other positions/divisions.
- At this time, all divisions have identified what actions they would recommend at 5-7% budget reductions, and some divisions have acted on the recommended 5% reduction to ease the transition into the next fiscal year. We will continue to be very cautious with any hiring or expenditures until we have our final budget.
- Each Vice Chancellor and his/her staff are working to devise strategies that would have the least adverse impact on the overall quality of our students’ academic experience. Remember that only State-appropriated items will be cut, not items supported by student fees, grants, and contracts. Some programs and initiatives that you may believe could be cut in light of the budget cuts we face may not be affected.
- Once we know our actual budget (could be August, but the Legislature is hoping for July), we’ll bring the divisions’ recommendations together and work on a final version that will be as fair to our campus community as possible. During the next three to eight weeks, we will seek input and feedback about the budget and the cuts we must unfortunately make.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
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