Principles Governing Budget Reductions
SEPTEMBER 4, 2002
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
|1.||Budget reductions will be consistent with the role and mission
of the University, the strategic plan for the University as a whole and
strategic plans of the various units within the University. In this context
and until the budget situation improves, the focus should be on preserving
strength, advancing the priorities of the University, and preserving the
most vital missions of the University. The ultimate objective is to preserve
the strongest and most competitive University current circumstances permit.
|2.||Budget reductions will be determined in accordance with established
procedures which include the bylaws of the Board of Regents, the bylaws
of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the "Procedures to be Invoked
for Significant Budget Reallocations and Reductions" dated 2/20/93,
and Chapter 100 of the Business Policies and Procedures Manual. Any
reductions in faculty must be sensitive to AAUP recommendations.
|3.||The highest priority will be accorded to the ability of the
University to recruit and retain students. The future of the State of Nebraska
depends on our retaining Nebraska students in the state and attracting new
students to the state. Therefore, we must:
|4.||The second priority will be to maintain a robust research
and scholarly enterprise. Essential support to funded research programs
and research support units will be maintained at a level that does not unduly
jeopardize the continuation or growth of external funding.
|5.||The third priority will be those service functions that contribute
to economic development throughout the State of Nebraska. Other service
programs will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
|6.||There is a high degree of mutual interdependence among University
programs, regardless of the source of funding. Although reductions will
be in state appropriations, auxiliary enterprises funded from other sources
may be asked to contribute.
|7.||Prior commitments will be subject to reassessment within the
context of the current budget situation.
|8.||Administrative consolidation and streamlined business processes
will be high priorities where cost savings can be achieved.
|9.||Reductions in academic and support units that have the effect
of shifting costs to other units will be avoided except in unusual circumstances.
|10.||Funds allocated to non-personnel expenditures, such as building repair,
equipment, classroom improvements and library acquisitions will be scrutinized
to determine where deferrals can occur consistent with our stewardship responsibilities.
|11.||Where possible, reductions will be taken first in academic and support
activities that are more easily reinstituted if budget resources are restored.
|12.||Layoffs/furloughs will only be implemented to the degree necessary and
in accordance with University policies and procedures.
|13.||Private funds designated to UNL by the University of Nebraska Foundation
may only be used in accordance with the fund agreement.