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NCSU plans restructuring in light of budget cuts

Posted January 18, 2011

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— North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson is asking school officials to consolidate business services and some academic units to reduce administrative costs in advance of significant budget cuts by the state. 

Gov. Beverly Perdue instructed University of North Carolina system administrators last fall to prepare for budget cuts of 5 to 10 percent. A 5 percent cut would mean laying off 900 employees, including 400 faculty members across the 17-campus system, affecting about 2,700 courses, officials said. A 10 percent cut would mean about 2,000 layoffs – half of them faculty – and affect about 6,400 courses.

“While much is still unknown about the state budget, we cannot wait for the final outcome of legislative budget discussions to take action,” Woodson said in his blog.

Woodson said a 15 percent cut would translate to nearly $80 million for NCSU.

“What we are facing necessitates fundamental changes in the way we operate the university. We must be smart, creative and think broadly and long-term about the best interests of our institution. In short, everything is on the table,” Woodson wrote.

In addition to consolidation, Woodson is also asking Provost Warwick Arden and Vice Chancellor Charles Leffler to review all low-enrolled courses and academic degree programs and under-subscribed majors and minors for possible elimination.

“We cannot and should not be all things to all people, given the capacity of other universities in the UNC System,” he wrote.

Woodson cited new  UNC system President Tom Ross, who initiated a study aimed at streamlining academics by looking for unnecessary duplication.

“There is no doubt that we will lose positions with such a deep reduction in our budget. Our top three business operations expenditures are labor-related. It is not clear yet how many jobs we will lose or what areas the positions will come from. But let me quickly add that new efficiencies gained through restructuring will have the net effect of negating some of our job losses and is our best opportunity to minimize the impact on our employees,” Woodson wrote.

NCSU plans restructuring in light of budget cuts NCSU plans restructuring in light of budget cuts

N.C. State Sophomore Tyler Moncourtois, an aerospace engineer major, is more worried what his friends may have to do with fewer course options.

"My friends that are in other majors, such as English, I would see them transferring, maybe to UNC-Chapel Hill or other colleges," he said. 

Woodson has asked that a plan to deal with the cuts be delivered to him by March 15. Changes would take effect on July 1.

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  • beachboater Jan 27, 2011

    The article states " A 10 percent cut would mean about 2,000 layoffs – half of them faculty – and affect about 6,400 courses." I have to assume that 6400 courses actually means 6400 classes. 1/2 of the 2000 job cuts would be faculty or 1000.

    Now simple math says that the lost professors of 1000 divided into the 6400 classes equals 6.4 classes per teaching position. Ever seen a professor teach 6 classes? I haven't.

  • beachboater Jan 27, 2011

    Tuition is but a small portion of what students pay. The fees are far higher than tuition. I think online students have to pay around $450 a year for facilities if they never set foot on camput.

    Both of my kids went to ECU which is slightly cheaper than UNC CH. It cost me around $11,000 per year including room and board OFF CAMPUS. Not bad at all.

  • katydid00900 Jan 20, 2011

    "Not to be rude or anything, but do you have student loans??"-jcudaback

    Yes I do! I went to school in PA where I grew up- $27K for school (in-state tuition) for a year in my hometown. I eventually switched to a state school comparable to NCSU and paid (10 years ago) $16K/year JUST for tuition no room/board anything included so that's almost 3 times what it would have cost me at NCSU at the same time. I have also attended school in NC, where I live now, because I can pay for tuition out of pocket as it is SO "cheap" in comparison. And yes-I worked three part time jobs in college and also lived off of ramen - and I don't care. It's what I had to do to get through college- what most people do. I'm just saying compared to other states we have it REALLY good in NC and the low low cost of tuition is starting to show in the quality of education we are getting now. You pay for what you get- and in NC we're not paying very much so we're not getting very much.

  • allanonofnc Jan 19, 2011

    Ummm, didn't NC State just announce that they had raised over $1 billion! What is a mere $80 million when you have a billion in the bank?

  • weasel2 Jan 19, 2011

    Cut the Provost and the chancellor and any other person that doesn't spend 8 hrs a day in the classroom or helping out teaching athletics. I'm sure the amount of layoffs would drop significantly.

  • 426X3 Jan 19, 2011

    Cut these 6 and 7 figure coaches salaries. Make receipents of athletic scholarships pay some of it back.

  • 27228 Jan 19, 2011

    Tuition only covers about 15% of what it costs for a student to attend a school like NCSU or UNC.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 19, 2011

    FYI: Faculty salary raises for the last 10 years or more have been mostly tied to what other state employees get. That means faculty at NCSU have not gotten a pay raise in the last several years and also took the same hit when furloughed last year.

    Interestingly, the faculty had to take the furlough as a pay cut beause they can't teach fewer classes, couldn't assign fewer papers and tests to grade, and still had to do the research for their sponsors.

  • artist Jan 19, 2011

    Remember - NC taxes are pretty darn high.

    Guess what? Part of those taxes goes to help NC residents pay less for in-state colleges.

  • madamwuf Jan 19, 2011

    I agree with katydid. I didn't realize until recently what in-state tuition is in many many other universities across the country. ~$6000 a year here for tuition/fees? The UNC system is a steal.
    And, yes, I do have student loans. When I graduate, I will have around $12K in loans from State. Well worth four years of education compared to my private colleagues with tens or hundreds of thousands to pay back.

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