From today's STRIB...
So Bruininks' proposed budget is out. Some highlights:
* 4.4% increase for in-state undergrads (would be more without the stimulus $$$)
* Pay cuts (but they still found money for raises, since the admin will never let bargaining unit employees get a raise when non-unionized workers do not!)
* Firing adjuncts
* CLA lost 52 faculty positions, which means that 145 fewer courses will be offered, which in turn means that the average class size will have to increase in order to provide the same number of seats
On the draconian cuts to CLA, Bruininks noted:
"If you cut hundreds of sections, and you cut them quickly because of the size of this budget cut, I think we'll have some short-term dislocations and some short-term problems."
But no matter, there is still loads of money available to fund the new cancer and cardiovascular research center, which is part of the proposed Biomedical District. The STRIB reporter quotes from FRPE's open letter to the Board, which called for a moratorium on all new construction:
"We fear that new building projects will saddle the University with increased debt and ancillary costs that will hobble the institution in future years."