UNL proposes $5 million in budget cuts
April 14th, 2011
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will make deep cuts to many of its programs, under a proposal outlined today by Chancellor Harvey Perlman.
In a statement released Thursday, Perlman proposed the University cut $5 million from its budget. The cuts would include the elimination of the master’s degree program in classics in the College of Arts and Sciences; the K-12 art education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences; and the elimination of the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering.The reductions would also include closing and razing the aging University Terrace building, which currently houses the International Affairs program.
Over five faculty and teaching staffers would lose their jobs under the proposal, and over 50 currently unfilled positions would be eliminated. An additional 14 full-time faculty members would retire through what the University calls a “Voluntary Separation Incentive Program.”
Finally, campus mail would slow to delivery every other day, instead of the current five days a week, and class schedules would no longer be printed, and would only be available in electronic form.
In the statement, Ellen Weissinger, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the cuts amounted to the loss of 56 course sections that would have to “absorbed by existing faculty.”
Perlman said the cuts would head off a possible reduction of $10 to $15 million over the next two years, and he hopes to have them finalized by mid-June.
Perlman will be holding a press conference later today.