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2013-14 Budget Update

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 under Budget News, State Budget News

Dear faculty and staff,

I would like to update you on the budget for the 2013-14 academic year. As outlined in President Ross’s budget update released in late August, the 2013-14 state budget contains $115 million in permanent budget reductions to the UNC system. On Aug. 9, the UNC Board of Governors approved budget cut allocations for all of the system’s constituent institutions. UNCG’s portion of the 2013-14 cuts is $6,268,425, reflecting a 4.08 percent reduction, followed by another projected 1 percent reduction of $1,511,878 in 2014-15.

Since receiving UNCG’s allocation, the provost, vice chancellors and I have worked with division leaders to revisit preliminary reduction plans and implement required cuts based on the university’s budget principles. To the greatest extent possible, efforts were made to protect direct classroom services, safety and security, and financial integrity. However, this year’s cuts of more than $6 million, coming on top of the more than $80 million in permanent and one-time budget cuts over the last six years, will require budget reductions across the university.
Pending review by UNC General Administration, roughly 59 positions will be eliminated, including approximately 31 faculty and 28 staff full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. Thanks to your hard work, resourcefulness and a temporary SPA hiring freeze implemented in August, many of our full-time employees impacted by this year’s budget reductions are being placed in positions made vacant by retirement or attrition. However, the impact of budget reductions will not be limited to full-time employees. Divisions will have fewer resources to renew contracts for part-time and temporary employees who fill important roles in areas ranging from academic instruction to accounting.
Reductions in funding for graduate stipends, need-based financial aid and part-time, on-campus student employment will present additional challenges for our students, faculty and departments across the university. To address the potential loss of course sections and seats, the provost and Deans Council will continue to protect the most crucial courses to keep students on track for graduation, and the temporary course substitution policy approved in 2011 will remain in effect for students whose graduation might otherwise be delayed.
Throughout the economic downturn, our community has responded with resilience and sacrifice. Students are balancing academic, work and community responsibilities. Faculty have taken on increased teaching loads. Staff are filling multiple roles as a result of cutbacks. We remain determined to preserve the quality of our academic programs and the vibrancy of the overall student experience.

Despite having fewer resources and increased responsibilities, our talented faculty and staff, combined with UNCG’s challenging academic programs and supportive environment, continue to enhance the quality and diversity of our student body. With assistantship support from the Office of Research and Economic Development, our graduate students and their faculty mentors have leveraged scarce resources to create, share and translate knowledge into solutions for today’s most pressing challenges. Working alongside our colleagues throughout the UNC system, our alumni and elected leaders, we will continue to demonstrate the power of public higher education to change lives, transform economies and revitalize communities.
I will continue to keep you informed through emails and updates to our budget central website. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues who serve on the UNCG Budget Sounding BoardFaculty SenateStaff SenateStudent Government Association and Graduate Student Association, and share your thoughts and suggestions for dealing with the difficult challenges we face. I look forward to hearing from you personally over the next few weeks through informal chats, larger forums and departmental meetings.
We have come through several difficult years. You have supported one another, inspired our students and helped advance our community’s economic recovery. I am confident that we will continue to rise to the challenge, building on our long and proud history of making a difference in the lives of students and the communities we serve.
Thanks for all you do on behalf of our students, our community and the people of North Carolina.
Linda P. Brady


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