Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have continuously worked to effectively plan for, react to and mitigate the impacts to our campus. As we learn more, we have opportunities to enhance our efforts. In that spirit, I wanted to let you know about expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing we will be conducting on our UNL campus.
Earlier this week we announced steps taken to implement Phase 1 of the budget reductions brought about by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of $16.38 million. Yesterday, we presented the university’s recommendations for Phase 2 of the budget reductions to the Academic Planning Committee (APC).
Thank you for your incredible work as UNL has navigated tremendous change over the last several months. As we look to the upcoming year, we face a number of important challenges and opportunities: how to safely and successfully return in the fall, the budget cuts necessitated by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our campus journey on anti-racism and racial equity.
On June 5, I called for UNL to begin a journey of addressing anti-racism and racial equity. It is important to see this journey and the work of anti-racism as an ongoing process; and more importantly, as a step for us to have greater accountability and a sustained focus as an institution that serves our state and beyond.
Today, the University of Nebraska system will share its budget with the Board of Regents in preparation for review by the board on June 26. As President Carter noted in his email this morning, “Our (system) budget proposal reflects the very real challenges before us. It also charts a multi-year path forward for addressing those challenges and laying the groundwork for long-term growth and success.”