the College is among the schools most dependent on state funding,
Ed Ayers, the dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, fielded the majority
of the questions for this first column. Following columns will
respond to questions directed to other deans and administrators
from across Grounds.
Q. The University recently completed a hugely successful billion-dollar
capital campaign. Why cant we use some of that money for
employee raises and critical programmatic needs?
Most of the campaign funds 97 percent were designated
for specific endowments (such as scholarships and fellowships)
and building projects and cannot be used for other purposes. Nearly
a fifth of the total is made up of bequests or planned gifts that
the University will not receive right away in many cases
not for decades. Another 15 percent came in the form of multi-year
pledges that will be paid off over several years. Just over 10
percent of the total came in the form of unrestricted annual gifts
to schools and programs. These funds are used as operating support
and were spent in the year they were received. Many gifts were
given to do new things hire a new faculty member, start
a new academic program to enhance but not replace state
What is the magnitude of the budget cuts in the College of Arts
For the 2001-2002 year, Arts & Sciences will have to return
between 0.89 percent and 1.38 percent of our state budget, or
approximately $620,000 to $960,000 of a total $70 million that
Arts & Sciences was allocated by the state. For 2002-2003,
we are told to expect cuts of between 2.85 percent and 3.34 percent
relative to our 2001-2002 base budget, or roughly $2 million to
$2.3 million. We do not yet know what will happen in 2003-2004,
but believe it is likely we will have to absorb an additional
1 percent cut, or approximately $700,000.
Whats getting cut in the College?
This fiscal year, we have halted most faculty searches, curtailed
travel and cut operating budgets by 5 percent. For 2002-2003,
we have had to extend the moratorium on state-funded faculty travel.
We have instituted an across-the-board 15-percent reduction in
unit OTPS (or non-personnel) budgets. We have reduced the budgets
used to pay graduate teaching assistants in most departments and
made an effort to replace the money with increased fellowship
funds. We will be limiting the allocation of temporary faculty
replacements. These measures, when combined with the funds saved
from anticipated faculty retirements and resignations, will achieve
roughly 50 percent of the savings required for 2002-2003. We have
also halted almost all faculty searches.
How is the Colleges state allocation spent?
Our state budget allocation is about $70 million this year. Of
that, approximately 85 percent pays for faculty and staff salaries,
10 percent pays for graduate instructors and student wages, and
the remaining 5 percent is for non-personnel operating expenses
(e.g., office supplies, faculty travel, etc.).
Will the budget cuts affect construction projects such as the
Arts Grounds and South Lawn?
We do not believe so at this time. Elements of both projects are
included in the proposed bond act, which if passed would provide
significant state money to help support the construction of desperately
needed new teaching and research facilities in the College.
Why push ahead on building projects when we cant fund salary
These two priorities are not at odds with one another because
they are funded differently. The money that may be available for
construction could not be used for salaries. The Board of Visitors
last summer committed to fund half of the $125 million cost of
the South Lawn Project through state and University sources. Arts
& Sciences must raise the other half from private sources.
The state-funded portion of the construction project money would
come from a voter-approved general obligation bond, which would
allow the state to borrow money secured by tax revenue. The state
does not issue bonds for general operating expenses and personnel
costs (including raises).
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