22, No. 16, March 20, 2003
If the University
of Illinois has to cut 4.25 percent from its FY 03 operating budget,
it will mean a $6.8 million cut for Urbana, a $6.4 million cut for Chicago,
and a $482,000 cut for Springfield. These reductions are on top of $13.7
million in deferred maintenance money held in University Administration
and $4 million cut from UA spending.
"Last year we were able to spare a number of units the brunt of
the budget cuts because of their special importance," Provost Richard
Herman said. "These include the library, the Discovery program,
general education funding, the Campus Honors Program and the Office
of Equal Opportunity and Access. That will not be possible with the
magnitude of reductions we are expecting for next year. Every aspect
of our activities will be affected."
Actions that might be taken on the Urbana campus:
- Reduce faculty
and teaching staff.
the size of the faculty by attrition beginning next fall.
- Reduce the
number of teaching assistants by such means as increasing class
sizes and eliminating discussion sections supporting lecture courses.
In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, these steps may reduce
the number of teaching assistants by 10 percent, the equivalent
of about 100 half-time graduate assistants.
some lecturer and instructor positions, some in areas of very
high demand and economic importance. More than 30 courses and
sections were eliminated in the College of Business this year;
a larger number would likely be eliminated next year.
- Increase class
sizes in more than 225 courses and sections.
- Manage enrollment
by directing students to courses and areas with sufficient capacity,
eliminate some concentrations within departments to redirect faculty
resources to areas of highest demand.
- Reduce support
for Freshman Discovery courses.
- Reduce seed
grant support provided through the Research Board.
- Reduce availability
of matching funds to meet federal grant requirements.
- The number
of proposals supported would be reduced, resulting in significant
loss of external funds.
- Reduce support
for learning technology.
support for the most popular computer-based learning system used
in 288 courses by 16,000 students.
- Limit students’
access to learning technologies for doing course work and collaborative
work with other students through the campus computer network,
such as chat rooms and news groups.
- Close three
general-use instructional computing labs.
- Reduce computer
support staff by 30-40 positions.
purchasing additional bandwidth from the Illinois Century Network.
the classroom modernization program.
- Decrease support
for course development, the Teaching Advancement Board, and the Distinguished
- Reduce staff.
positions in custodial service, grounds maintenance, painting,
landscaping, temperature control response, pest control, mail
delivery, building planning and design, student safety patrols.
For ongoing updates about budget cuts, as well as information about
cuts at the Chicago and Springfield campuses, go to www.uillinois.edu/president.
Potential FY 03 Budget Cuts