|All Faculty and Staff
|Office of the Chancellor
|September 10, 2002
|Proposed Budget Reductions
As you are aware, today I am called upon to announce my proposal for
reducing this university's budget by $7.5 million due to reductions in
state support. Below is a list of the proposed reductions.
It was possible to work out the reduction proposals in such a way that virtually all
programs of study were preserved, but these are still not easy cuts to
consider. While no tenured faculty positions are on this list, some tenure
track positions are, as are many staff positions. In total, this proposal
calls for reducing the number of faculty and staff by 164.8 full-time
equivalent positions. Of those, 110 FTE are filled positions.
This community will be diminished in losing the skills of each and every one of
these individuals. I hope that other units with vacancies will work hard to
keep as much of this talent within the University as possible. I also care
deeply about the pain that this will bring to these individuals. We should
all try hard to help these folks get through this very difficult time.
These are not decisions that any of us have taken lightly. I do believe
that the proposed cuts preserve, to the greatest degree possible, this
campus' priorities to provide an undergraduate education we can take pride
in offering, as well as opportunities for faculty research and service to
the state. However, we cannot continue to cut our budget without reducing
the scope of services we are able to offer, and that fact is reflected in
More detailed explanations about the cuts as well as a companion
spreadsheet can be found on the UNL Web site (www.unl.edu). The Academic
Planning Committee will receive the list of proposed reductions and soon
will announce its plan for conducting hearings on the proposals prior to
I wish I had better news to share. I will continue to rely on you to help
me in assessing these proposals with regard to the best long-term interests
of this university.
Following is an itemized outline of the proposed cuts:
Chancellor's Office and Miscellaneous (Total Reduction $450,000)
Affiliated Organizations: Reduce support for Faculty Women's Club, Emeriti
Association, and Innocents Society. ($10,000).
Operating: Reduce support for academic units. ($50,000).
Early retirements: Projected savings from early city campus-wide
retirements, in response to early retirement incentive plans. ($400,000).
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Total Reduction $3,135,186).
College of Architecture: Eliminate vacant faculty positions and vacant
chair position in the Department of Community and Regional Planning.
College of Arts and Sciences: Eliminate Humanities Center ($96,652).
College of Business Administration: Eliminate state funding to the Council
on Economic Education with hope program will continue with private funds.
College of Law: Reduce state support, partially replaced with increase in
law student fees. ($300,000).
Teachers College: Capture potential administrative savings from possible
college merger. ($245,000).
College of Human Resources and Family Sciences: Capture potential
administrative savings from possible college merger. ($55,000).
NETV: Decrease distance education service and convert to automated
Division of Continuing Studies: Eliminate the division as an
administrative unit. Shift distance education support and selected
programming to Office of Extended Education. Shift and reduce evening and
weekend programming to Academic Affairs and to appropriate Colleges. Shift
Independent Study High School and Conferences to self-sustaining basis.
Eliminate support for Grand Island, North Platte, and Lincoln Learning
Centers. Cease operating a hotel. ($896,824).
Vice Chancellor's Office, Academic Affairs: Reduce Summer Sessions budget
by $1 million, resulting in eliminating Summer Session support of
administrative stipends for department chairs, funding for non-credit
programs including Nebraska Rep, International Teaching Institute, and Ross
Film Theater, impose compensation cap on summer teaching faculty, employ
tighter enrollment management criteria for summer sessions, and reduce
other support for academic units by $48,380. ($1,048,380).
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Total Reduction
South Central Research and Extension Center: Eliminate the Center but
continue small research operation and veterinary medicine instructional
Administration: Eliminate or reduce administrative positions including the<
District Director of South Central Research and Extension Center, the State
4H Director, an Associate Dean and the Facilities Coordinator position, and
the Director of the School of Natural Resource Sciences. ($505,737).
West Central Research & Extension Center: Eliminate Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory and shift testing to Lincoln Lab. ($211,370).
Communications and Information Technology: Reduce staffing. ($67,191).
Family Life Specialists: Eliminate two vacant positions. ($110,000).
Projected retirements: ($100,000).
Nebraska Forest Service and State Wide Arboretum. Merge the two units and
reduce state support. ($200,682).
Learning Centers: Eliminate program support at Grand Island, North Platte
and Lincoln Learning Centers. ($104,863).
Reduce support for Veterinary Student Contract funds: ($67,217).
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance (Total Reduction $1,000,000).
Fiscal Affairs: Reduce two staff positions. ($53,060).
Operations Analysis: Eliminate student salaries for clerical support.
Human Resources: Discontinue focused technology support in unit.
Facilities Management: Eliminate 50 percent of state-funded painting and
extend painting schedules. Transfer responsibility for maintenance and
utility support to Transportation Services and Printing Services. Eliminate
weekly pick-up of recycling containers in offices. Transfer capital project
management staff to capital project budgets. ($773,232).
University Services: Reduce landscape services state support by
transferring landscape construction oversight for new projects to capital
project funding and eliminate smaller planting beds on campus. ($124,733).
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Total Reduction $900,000).
Vice Chancellors Office. Eliminate student ombudsperson and reassign
accounting activities to another business center. ($71,562).
Career Services: General reduction in support services. ($50,000).
Admissions: General reduction in services. ($31,947).
Registration and Records: Shift partial funding for maintenance of alumni
records to alumni association and reduce staff support. ($49,872).
Financial Aid: Reduce processing capacity. ($28,119).
Multicultural Affairs: Salary savings. ($43,500).
Auxiliaries: Increase assessment to university program and facilities
fees-funded units resulting in reduction of staff and services. ($300,000).
Fee Increases: Increase application, registration, and course audit fees.
Libraries: Currently funds are being spent to maintain branch libraries in
Chemistry, Biology and Physics, and to rent commercial space for the
overflow from Love Library. The total of these funds would be sufficient to
finance the lease purchase of a library storage facility, with a savings of
approximately $9 million over a 20-year period. Thus it is proposed to
build a storage facility and when it is available, close the branch
libraries for Chemistry, Physics, and Biological Sciences, move current
material to Love and place outdated materials from throughout Love to the