Dear UNCP Community:
Welcome back from what I hope was a restful Spring break. After much work and deliberation, we completed the budget reduction draft plan for the University. Please review the draft plan at the following link:
The University Budget Advisory Committee (UBAC) is holding a special open forum Friday, March 18 at 3 PM in the University Center Annex to listen to your reactions to the draft plan. All comments will be considered by the executive staff (ES) prior to releasing and enacting the final budget plan before the end of March. Please attend if you have comments you wish to share.
We are releasing our plan far in advance of actually knowing the size of the reduction that will ultimately emerge from the Governor/Legislature. We are doing so to help units and individuals know as early as possible how they might be affected. It is possible our reduction will be less, and we certainly hope it is because the projected level significantly impacts university operations and access. During this financial crisis we are obliged to do our part to help the state balance the budget. We hope this plan responds to the state’s need.
Since my arrival at UNCP, we have undergone two tuition increases to protect our academic mission. However, I am saddened that the budget climate has not improved enough to prevent some job losses here at UNCP. We are not alone as other UNC schools face the same budget realities. As President Ross stated in his response to Governor Perdue’s budget last month “the University has already absorbed $620 million in cuts and mandated reversions over the past four years, requiring the elimination of over 900 administrative positions.” Since 2008 at UNCP, we have seen budget reductions of $5,226,382 and the loss of 31 positions.
This budget reduction process involved a great deal of cooperation of people at all levels of the University. In coordination with the University Budget Advisory Committee, the executive staff integrated the UBAC recommendation in to the ES plan creating a single plan. We’ve depended upon other administrators who report to us (e.g. deans and directors) to suggest areas for reduction. We thoroughly vetted each decision and chose those options that protect the mission of the University. The success of our institution is based upon the hard work of our faculty and staff. Therefore, job cuts were minimized as much as possible. I estimate that we’ve been able to accomplish 90 percent of the reductions through the elimination of vacant positions accumulated over the last 18 months, unallocated state funding that we have held, and reductions to operations. However, some individuals will be affected. This is a difficult time for the UNC system, but I truly believe that we will emerge from this budget crisis a stronger institution.
Kyle R. Carter
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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