Kudos to the Arizona Daily Star’s Becky Pallack for this report on how the University of Arizona would approach another round of budget cuts, if such a realization became reality (also check out Pallack’s blog, The Campus Correspondent, which is conveniently located on the WatchCat’s blogroll).
Pallack includes this toward the end of her post:
“With all of that in mind, the UA’s strategy for budget planning goes like this:
1. The UA is going to stop doing things that “are not core to the unit’s mission.” You’ve probably heard Shelton say, “We’ve got to do less with less.”
2. The UA is really glad it has that stimulus money, but knows it can’t last. The gap will be made up with a combination of reduced spending and new revenue.
3. About that reduced spending: The UA is going to keep going with the Transformation Plan.
4. About that new revenue: The UA is proposing to raise tuition and fees. Plus, it wants to further differentiate tuition. That means it’ll cost more to go to medical school than it does to go to teacher school. And it’ll cost less to earn a UA degree offered at a community college or satellite campus than it does to earn a degree offered at the main campus.
Lots of units around campus are doing fund-raising to replace some state money, too.
5. The UA isn’t counting on any increases in state support, but the model in this handout also assumes no further cuts.”
#2 should be a major concern for all those associated with Arizona’s public universities. After all, that’s the big impending doom that keeps hanging around budget talks like an elephant in the room. As has been said both here and elsewhere, that federal stimulus money can only protect the universities from the slashing wrath of the State Legislature for so long.
#4 is a fairly big deal was well, although it’s something that we’ve all known has been coming for some time
And that lands us on #3. Ah, good ol’ UA Transformation Plan, I wish I could quit you (the UA Transformation is Jake Gyllenhaal, by the way). Circle #3, bold it, hang it up and throw darts at it.
True, the UA Transformation Plan was presumably going to keep going ever since the Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee OK’d a number of White Papers in December 2008, but the continuing of the Transformation means something different to me—It seems to me that by “continuing,” the UA actually means “altering” to be even more drastic “fiscally responsible”.
Ever since UA President Robert Shelton’s “We’re all screwed!” memo hit cyberspace, the WatchCat has been predicting an even-more-devastating Round 2 of the Transformation. Now it’s all but confirmed. And that should concern A LOT of people.
It’s worth noting that by a Round 2, I don’t necessarily mean a whole new round of White Paper suggestions and the like, just that the current Implementation Phase may (make that, will) take on an even more drastic penny-pinching model—I would bet, even in addition to surcharges to certain degree programs.
Of course, the news here is actually news that we’ve known since the dawn of the Transformation: Pay more, get less.
Good fodder for blog news. Bad, bad, bad for, well, everyone else.
Check out the handout, if you wish.
Also, check out the Desert Lamp’s take on Pallack’s post.