In a recent blog post, I wrote about UNC President Erskine Bowles' desire to keep budget cuts to the public university system lower than it appears the state is headed.
Well, here are some specifics, via our local public universities here in the Triangle, on how the cuts might affect campus services. The information comes from a 24-page report to the UNC system's Board of Governors that you can read in its entirety by clicking the link below this post.
At N.C. Central University, a seven percent cut to next year's budget amounts to a loss of $6.6 million and would bring about, among other things:
• The elimination of 54 positions, 22 of which are faculty.
• Elimination of 340 class sections
• Reduction of 2.5 police department positions, 6 housekeeping positions and 2 groundskeepers.
At N.C. State, a seven percent cut is about $36 million. Specific cuts would include:
• 404 positions eliminated including about 70 faculty slots.
• 180 class sections eliminated, most in general education courses affecting all students.
• Course reductions in biological sciences, College of Education and engineering labs.
• Library will close for third shift, cancel 1,200 journals and buy 4,200 fewer books annually.
• Study abroad and community engagement programs will be cut by one quarter.
• Emerging programs in textiles, design, management, humanities and social sciences will be eliminated.
• The Agricultural Research Service would lose 78 positions, all of which are filled.
At UNC Chapel Hill, a seven percent cut amounts to a loss of $40 million. Among the cuts:
• 267 positions eliminated, 107 of which are faculty slots. 62 faculty slots are in health affairs.
• Loss of allied health faculty would lead to an increase in the shortage of physical therapists, radiology assistants and audiologists.
• 372 fewer course sections could be offered.
The UNC system's Board of Governors will discuss all of this next week.