There's a new feature on the home pages of many of our local universities, but there's nothing fun about it.
With the lousy economy prompting budget cuts at universities public and private these days, college leaders are writing directly to constituents in an attempt to soothe frayed nerves and keep folks informed.
Some universities have simple letters from campus leaders; others, like UNC Chapel Hill, offer detailed archives of memos and communications.
Here's at least a sampling of the messages local universities are sending out to their communities.
• At Meredith College in Raleigh, President Maureen Hartford says her campus is still pouring money into financial aid initiatives and is trying to minimize tuition hikes.
• At Peace College, President Laura Bingham makes a pitch for alums to help out with donations.
• At N.C. State, Chancellor James Oblinger warns of layoffs and course eliminations. NCSU also offers up this web site for all things budget-related.
• UNC Chapel Hill has piles of information, including internal documents examining potential cuts on a department-by-department basis, at this link.
• At Duke, President Brodhead wrote at length earlier this week about a $125 million budget reduction expected to next year, as well as the instituting of salary freezes for about 6,000 workers. (Not: As I write this, Duke has a note on its website saying it is having technical trouble, so that link may or may not work)