“This is a transformational and a turbulent time that we live in”
The school’s chancellor is looking for over $8 million in cuts over the next few years.
The Omaha World-Herald reports:
UNL chancellor says academic programs will suffer cuts in face of budget woes during this ‘turbulent time’
Academic programs will suffer cuts as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln deals with budget problems over the next couple of years, Chancellor Ronnie Green said Tuesday.
In his State of the University speech and at a press conference afterward, Green described challenges facing UNL as it approaches its 150th year in 2018.
Green’s 65-minute speech at the Lied Center for Performing Arts mixed optimism with warning, big goals with pragmatism.
“This is a transformational and a turbulent time that we live in,” Green said. He said UNL’s mission of teaching, research and outreach has never been more vital. Higher education has never been more important for students, and conveying the university’s mission and value is crucial, he said.
But the level of financial concern in the NU system is “much worse than we anticipated” a year ago, Green told the audience.
Green also announced that he had modified his lofty aims for enrollment growth. The chancellor, who took over UNL’s top job last year, had previously said he wanted to hit 35,000 students by 2025. But he has trimmed that to between 29,000 and 31,000, with an “aspirational goal” of 32,500. Green said he did so with the input of a task force and consultants…
Green said in his speech that he expected $11 million in efficiencies to be gained at UNL and a total of $8.5 million in program cuts and reallocations from one program to another over the next couple of years.
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