UT proposing program cuts to address $21M budget shortfall

UT proposing program cuts to address $21M budget shortfall

By: The Associated Press

The Messenger 06.06.08 KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee is proposing to cut three academic programs to address a $21.1 million budget shortfall. UT President John Petersen said in a release Wednesday that the state’s reduced higher education appropriations have required the school system to make difficult decisions. “In taking a strategic approach, we are looking to the future, recognizing that adequate funding is an ongoing concern,” he said. More than $11 million will be cut from the Knoxville campus, which will include the phase-out or elimination of three programs — the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, the Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program and a minor dance concentration. The cuts will require approval by the UT Board of Trustees. In addition, the Knoxville campus eliminated 44 unfilled faculty and staff positions. Budgets at UT’s other campuses will be reduced as well. UT Chattanooga’s reduction amounted to $2.6 million, UT Martin totaled $1.9 million and the UT Health Science Center $2.6 million. Cuts at those campuses will be done primarily in travel, repair and maintenance expenses and unfilled faculty and staff positions. The remaining $3 million reduction was spread over the UT Space Institute, Institute for Public Service and Institute of Agriculture, as well as system administration and some smaller initiatives. Petersen said the university remains committed to limiting proposed tuition increases to 6 percent for in-state undergraduates. “Going forward we will continue to institute lean management principles and seek to fund our operations on a priority basis,” he said.

, , ,

Leave a Comment