McPhee is cutting the 4 departments to use the money to pad up the PhD programs. So, many faculty and staff will be out of a job and students will lose their departments. These cuts are not really neccessary for MTSU to survive. They are to try and make McPhee look good. If these departments are cut then he will never be anything more than a failure in my eyes.
And you know this how? Have you read the Steering Committee's recommendations? McPhee isn't/hasn/t cut anything yet. Everything that has been mentioned has ONLY been suggested by the four study groups and the steering committee. Maybe, you should wait until the president has made his recommendations before you start making assumptions.
Fine, McPhee is "suggesting" the cutting of the 4 departments to use the money to pad up the PhD programs. Happy? Come talk to me again on March 20th, and let's hope you're right.
March 10, 2009 at 10:25pm
Jamie, I can understand how you and others feel in response to MTSU's proposed budget cuts. If and when the cuts happen, there will be a trickle down effect, especially for Murfreesboro. I have commented before on this article and received a personal response from a reader on the post. Through a personal experience years ago, what you and your fellow student body should realize is universities are not immune from recessions. What I would like to say to you as a group is, " With a respectful and responsible sense of character, fight in what you believe. When in the end, the answer that you were seeking is not the one you had hoped for, pick up and move forward." I commend you all for seeking a higher education and your pursuit of happiness in achieving your future. Good luck in your future endeavors.
March 10, 2009 at 11:47pm
Thank you for your comments and understanding. As a graduate of MTSU from one of the departments on the chopping block, I think it is sad to see money spent on new baseball feilds and rec center expansions and then turn around and cut the sciences. Not to mention, being a single mom without a job is pretty much going to suck. I've been looking and there isn't much out there. It has become very disheartening and extremely frustrating.
You are very welcome Jamie. Relatively speaking, the cuts to this university is to the faculty and students, just as saying, Nissan closing their doors to a couple withfour kids,a car and house payments. To say that it can never happen to the best of us, is to wake up from a dream. this recession has caused havoc everwhere imaginable and worsens by the day.
Jamie, unfortunately by not getting your facts straight you undermine your crediability. The Baseball field was paid for with private donations and other non university funds. The Rec Center expansion is being paid with student fees, not tuition, but some of those $$$ that are tacked onto every students bill each semester. If you have realistic ideas about how to balance the budget without cutting programs, please let Dr. McPhee know. The university faces a deep financial crisis which is going to affect many people, both on and off campus. It is not a fun time for anyone involved but in the end should make the university stronger.
Felixstow, when it comes down to higher education, it should not matter what this and that was paid for or where the funds came from. Everyone who teaches and attends a university should be able to succeed in the area of subjects they choose. What the facts are, MTSU are losing on programs that enable students to obtain a degree.
March 12, 2009 at 10:34pm
barrettbear, I disagree, it does matter where the funding comes from and what it can be used for. It is ironic that people involved in education do nothing to educate themselves about an issue before they start making erroneous comments. The facts are, the university doesn't have the funds to be everything to everybody that it was before. When the university could expand and offer additional degrees and courses they did. Now the university must contract and reduce the number of low enrollment/degree producing programs. The university grew when times were good and it must cut when times are bad.
Well then, I guess if it really matters where funds come from for this and that, then maybe tax dollars need not be wasted on those ball fields and spare an education for a single mom that has to work and support three kids. I would assume that there are people in education that are very well educated on issue before erroneous comments are made. Maybe some of us needs that extra bit of classroom one on one to understand economics better. If it were I on top having to decide what goes first, by all means, the football, basketball, baseball and the other sports could go first ride. A university is for higher education, not some playground function that lasts for about three hours at a time.