NEWS: Sept. 13 – 14th Board of Regents AGENDA and CUTS

On September 13, 2011, the Georgia Board of Regents met to finalize drastic cuts for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. Below is their agenda, and you can find their agenda in full here.

Below is word for word the cuts that the Regents will be enforcing. This is their language and is taken directly from their website:

“The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget directed state agencies to submit reduction plans of 2% for the amended FY 2012 and FY 2013 budgets. Accordingly, each institution has developed budget reduction plans at the 2% level. In a majority of cases, the reduction actions are continuing for both FY 2012 and FY 2013; therefore, a single reduction plan is being presented for both fiscal years.

A 2% reduction equates to $34.8M for the University System. Appendix II includes the targets by institution and Appendix III includes details of institutional plans to meet the reduction targets.

Institutional Strategies
1. Eliminate positions and reduce workforce – Institutional plans include eliminating full-time, part-time, and temporary faculty and staff positions.
2. Freeze and delay hiring critical positions – Actions proposed by the institutions include delays in hiring full-time and limited-term faculty, as well as freezing vacant faculty and staff positions.
3. Decline in campus maintenance – Plans include continued deferral of building maintenance and repairs to campus facilities and delay in planned campus renovation projects and facility upgrades.
4. Delay investment in equipment – Plans include reductions in equipment purchases by extending the life of technology, lab and plant operation equipment and delaying equipment upgrades for classrooms.
5. Reduce library subscriptions and books – Plan details include reduced purchases of subscriptions, journals and databases.
6. Delay expansion efforts – Plans include delay in strategic investments to expand premier graduate and professional programs and a slowdown in efforts to expand medical education.
7. Other reductions – Other actions proposed by institutions include limiting faculty and staff development, reduced funding for public service and outreach, and reduced operating and travel expenditures.”

The USG continues to extract resources from the students enrolled in the system instead of taking pay cuts themselves. These resources are not limited to our pockets, they attack our libraries, the desks in our classrooms, and our art and lab supplies.  They are making these cuts shamelessly.

Their agenda of austerity must be stopped.



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