In an email to employees yesterday, UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady shared updates on changing budget cut plans with faculty and staff during Spring Break. To provide an unfiltered read of her message, we’ve posted her full email below.
Morale is incredibly low at UNCG, according to numerous professors, and two recent walkouts have highlighted student anger and dissatisfaction about the direction of the school as well. It isn’t immediately clear how the changes Brady outlined in the email may impact student and faculty frustration or push back. Following the email is a chart with details of planned cuts that was included as an attachment to Brady’s email.
“Dear faculty and staff,
I know that many of you are taking advantage of UNCG’s Spring Break to be with family and friends, but want to update you on decisions I have made regarding the budget cut we will experience during 2014-15. During the past several weeks I have engaged with the university community in a variety of settings. These opportunities for interaction with students, faculty, staff, academic department heads, members of our Board of Trustees and others have been very helpful as I reconsidered the initial allocation decision I shared with executive staff and the Deans Council in late January.
Based on the input I received I have made the final allocations, which are included in the attached document. Notably, I have reduced the initial allocation to Academic Affairs from 84 percent of the total budget cut to 73 percent. The gap has been closed through the allocation of deeper cuts to other divisions of the university. While this does not exempt Academic Affairs from the budget cuts, it does, I believe, reflect the priority we place on our academic mission.
In coming weeks, the provost, vice chancellors, members of Deans Council, department heads and supervisors will work with faculty and staff to determine how best to make these reductions. I have made it clear that across-the-board reductions will not be supported, and that our primary goal must be to protect instruction and efforts to restore enrollment. I encourage you to get involved in this process within your school/college, department or other administrative unit. I have asked that provisional plans be prepared by the end of March, to enable me to present the overall university plan to the Faculty Senate on April 2. As you know, budget reduction plans across the UNC system do not become final until after the North Carolina General Assembly convenes on May 14 and adjourns in June following passage of the 2014-15 state budget.
Thanks for all you do for UNCG.
Linda P. Brady