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Here is the memo about UT's budget situation.
Thanks, Tony F.
May 16, 2008
To: UT Knoxville Campus Faculty and StaffFrom: Interim Chancellor Jan SimekSubject: Knoxville Campus Budget Cuts
Over the past several weeks, news reports from Nashville about thestate's economic downturn have generated interest and apprehension amongmany here on campus. It is, no doubt, a difficult time for all of us.
Today, I wanted to share the broad outlines of our plan for UT Knoxvilleto deal with the budget cut in the next fiscal year as a result of thisdownturn. The campus leadership was informed of the specific budgetreduction figures Wednesday and we believe it is important for us toshare as much information with you as we can on this tight timeline.
The state budget shortfall has resulted in a 4.1 percent fundingreduction to the UT system, which has, in turn, resulted in a 5.7percent base funding cut for UT Knoxville.
First, the central campus administration will handle a 3.7 percentreduction - thereby reducing the necessary cuts to academic andnon-academic units to an average of 2 percent. The central campusadministration budget reduction plan includes targeted program andposition cuts, increased efficiencies in administrative processes,reallocation of resources, increases in charges to auxiliary funds, aswell as delays in planned expenses in areas such as the InstructionalEquipment Fund.
While this budget reduction cannot come without pain, it is necessary.In this plan, there will not be a hiring freeze and we will continue tofill critical positions. There will not, regrettably, be pay raises forfaculty and staff in this budget.
Our goal is to allow maximum flexibility for the deans and vicechancellors to make the cuts in their areas, which will resultin more strategic decisions. These cuts must not be across-the-boardreductions.
The provost will submit the proposed cuts for the academic units afterreceiving recommendations from the deans, while the vice chancellorswill submit the proposed cuts for their areas. We will share thoserecommendations with the campus community as soon as they are finalized.
While we regret that these reductions are required, we believe that theinstitution is harmed more when all programs are cut equally. We willmake tough decisions, with an eye toward preserving the quality of ourprograms. In some units, these cuts could come in the form ofelimination of positions. In other areas, it could mean the eliminationof programs. These difficult decisions are best made by those closest tothe programs, who share our commitment to academic and programmaticexcellence.
cont. on next post. Tony F.
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