Utah State U.: Board of Trustees praises Utah State U. President Albrechtâ€™s budget decisions
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President Albrecht's budget decisions (C) 2008 The Utah Statesman via
By Rachel A. Christensen, The Utah Statesman (Utah State U.)
LOGAN, Utah -- Richard C. Shipley, Board of Trustees member, praised
Utah State University President Stan Albrecht for actions taken to
reduce the effects of this year's budget cuts on university programs
during a Trustees meeting March 6.
Other schools have been interested in the success of Albrecht's
mandated furlough plan, and Shipley said he is pleased at how USU
faculty worked together to create a university family during this
Albrecht said money saved due to the furlough compensates for more than
half of the $5.56 million budget cut imposed January. He said the
school experienced two rounds of budget cuts during the 2009 fiscal
year. The first involved a 4 percent one-time cut and another 4 percent
ongoing cut. The second cut implemented in January involved another 7.3
percent, and the furlough was created to lessen this cut's impact.
"We have put the fiscal budget for 2009 to bed," Albrecht said. "We
hope the economy will turn. We remain hopeful."
John DeVilbiss, USU spokesman, said 20 university faculty have been
recently layed off due to the first round of budget cuts. He said the
process of deciding which employees the university could handle letting
go took eight weeks. These layoffs are the result of budget cuts given
in the fall, he said, and although they were announced a week before
the mandated furlough, the two events are not related.
At least until July, DeVilbiss said there will be no more faculty
"Now 2010, that's a whole different discussion," he said.
Depending on how the school reacts to next year's budget cuts, the
university could expect a combination of furloughs, program cuts,
layoffs and tuition increases. However, DeVilbiss said the university
is doing all it can to ensure students don't have to pay for the budget
During the meeting March 6, the Board unanimously voted to support a
$65 fee increase for athletcs, assuming the referendum passes a student
vote. Students can log on the ASUSU Web site March 23 and 24 to vote
for or against the fee increase.
Scott Barnes, athletics director, said, "We're at an absolute tipping
point in our budget, and we need to make changes."
Jeremy Winn, ASUSU athletics vice president, said Utah State's athletic
department enriches the quality of student life, unifies Cache Valley
and enhances the value of degrees from USU through name recognition.
Of the Spectrum's seats, 40 percent are reserved for students, Winn
said, as well as 25 percent of the football stadium's seats. These
seats are free to students. Winn said this adds up to $730 to $1,520 in
student benefits. That totals $3,880,720 in men's football and
basketball ticket benefits for the student body per year, and he said
the $65 fee increase is necessary if students want to continue to
receive free admission to athletic events.
Information provided by athletics during the meeting showed Utah State
students already pay $113 in fees toward athletics, totaling the amount
from student fees to $1,670,000 annually. University of Utah students
pay a $117 fee for their athletic programs making their total student
fees colected recorded at $3,800,00; however, their athletics
department is asking for a 7 percent fee increase. The school reserves
15 percent of their football stadium seats for students and 27 percent
of the basketball arena.
USU athletics has the smallest budget in the Western Athletics
Conference, Barnes said. He said the athletic department has three main
sources of revenue which consist of institutional support, student fees
and self-generated revenue like ticket sales. He said the proposed fee
increase is necessary to keep USU athletes playing Division 1A.
Michelle Larson, assistant provost, presented a motion during the
meeting to change the name of the department of nutrition and food
sciences to include dietetics in the title. The change would better
reflect the students of the department, she said, 300 of which are
dietetic majors. BYU is the only other university in Utah with
dietetics in their department title, she said. The motion was passed
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