The final proposal is in and every department on MTSU’s campus will feel the pain of budget cuts.
University President Sidney McPhee released today the final recommendations from the “Positioning the University for the Future” initiative, after having reviewed proposals from its Steering Committee over the weekend.
Click here to download the entire report in pdf form.
“The recommendations in the report that are now under consideration, will not only help us effectively address the critical budget challenges that lie ahead of us but also provide direction for the future of the institution,” McPhee said.
The report proposes drastic cuts to temporary faculty, elimination of some majors and departments and consolidation of some university units.
“As I have reminded the University community throughout this process, I have not yet approved any recommendations and have not made any final decisions and will not do so until our faculty, staff, students and other key constituents have had an opportunity to offer feedback not only on the Steering Committee’s recommendations but also on my preliminary recommendations as President,” McPhee said.
As reported earlier, the final report recommends cutting temporary faculty from “overstaffed” departments.
By eliminating 32-40 temporary professors, the university can save up to $2.9 million in fiscal year 2009-10.
The Steering Committee also recommended cutting 20 percent, or 44 total of the university’s majors, targeting every college on campus.
Majors targeted for elimination include (but not limited to) are:
- Plant biology,
- Applications of Math
- Public finance, general finance,
- Outdoor Recreation,
- Modern and Contemporary Art History,
- Bachelor degrees in French, German and Spanish,
- Public History,
- And Philosophy.
The committee also recommended cutting the following departments as a whole, keeping only general education classes:
- Philosophy and
- Criminal Justice Administration.
The committee also recommended the elimination of June Anderson Women’s Center and Off Campus Services for a savings of $250,000.
The committee did support the idea of creating a Media Center, where Sidelines and WMOT will be spared. The Media Center would house all university media, including its radio and television stations, as well as print products.
The report also includes ideas to cut energy consumption and costs, as well as developing sources of income outside the university.
Over the next month, McPhee will meet with stakeholders and review all long- and short-term strategies and budget issues.
MTSU’s Faculty Senate will formally respond by April 6 and McPhee will hold two campus-wide forums April 1 and 2.
McPhee formed the strategic work groups, as well as a steering committee to look at how to the university might eliminate waste, consolidate resources and generate new funding sources for the future, as well as look at cutting university jobs and possibly future classes offered.
McPhee said previously he expects the university will have to cut a total of $20 million to $22 million from its $345 million budget before 2010.
The cuts include an expected $10 million to $12 million decrease in state funding in the next academic year. These cuts are on top of the university losing more than $6 million in state funding over the summer with another $4 million in October.
The effects of the federal economic stimulus package on higher education are yet unknown. But Tennessee’s Finance Director Dave Goetz expects the state to receive around $350 million, specifically for higher education, to reduce tuition increases.
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