Monday Minute, June 15, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Now that we know our O&M budget parameters -- an eight percent cut ($1.6 million), which would have been deeper without $700,000 in non-recurring bridge money -- we have finalized our financial decisions for next year. We may need to make a few adjustments in the fall when we compare our tuition estimates to actual enrollment, but I don't expect any significant changes to the staff reductions listed here:

Student Services: .85 full-time equivalent (FTE), through voluntary and involuntary reductions

Communications: .3 FTE, through voluntary and involuntary reductions

Alumni Relations: .1 FTE, through voluntary reductions

Development: 1 FTE through attrition

Dean's office: 1.4 FTE through voluntary and involuntary reductions

R&O Admin: 1 FTE through involuntary reductions

Finance: 1 FTE through attrition

Goldstein: 1.5+ FTE through voluntary and involuntary reductions

World Heritage: .5 FTE through involuntary reductions

Academic Resources: 1.5 FTE through attrition and involuntary reductions

I will make a UMConnect presentation that you can watch at your leisure, with more detailed information about what these cuts mean in terms of staff hours and service levels. And I look forward to having discussions with you in the coming months about increasing our revenue, with the goal of, eventually, returning as many staff as possible to fulltime. It has been a difficult and stressful time for the college, and I appreciate your continuing engagement and contributions. This, too, will end.