Budget Reduction Proposals

NOTE: Please see "Budget Reduction Proposals (Nov. 21 Update)" for a more detailed version of this document.

MEMORANDUM TO: Dr. Can Vuran, Chair, Academic Planning Committee

FROM: Rodney D. Bennett, Chancellor

DATE: November 8, 2023

SUBJECT: Budget Reduction Proposals

Dear Dr. Vuran and Members of the Academic Planning Committee,

As required by the procedures for significant budget reductions, I am providing the APC a specific plan for reducing UNL’s budget. This plan has taken into account APC’s feedback received during the process thus far. The reductions proposed here are consistent with the priorities of the university’s strategic plan and the governance rules of the university and its organizational units.

Reduction Amount
Instructional Efficiency
Units across campus will employ measures to increase instructional efficiency while reducing instructional costs.
Operational Efficiency
Opportunities will be identified to increase efficiencies in the job families of IT, Facilities, Communications, Business Services, and Student Success. The Zero-Based Budget exercise currently being completed will inform these decisions.
Diversity & Inclusion
UNL’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will be restructured to primarily support university-wide priorities and initiatives with a greater focus on DEI efforts occurring at the college and unit level.
Undergraduate Education & Student Success
Reduction of state-aided programming.
Student Affairs
Reduce state-aided budget.
Research & Economic Development
Reduce state-aided budget.
Administrative Costs
Reduce administrative positions, pools, and stipends across the university.
Executive Vice Chancellor Units
EVC state-aided budget rebasing and reductions.
IANR Units
IANR state-aided budget rebasing, reductions, and reorganizations.
TOTAL $12,000,000
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