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Miami preparing for budget cuts
Declining state revenues caused by the current economic downturn are expected to result in statewide budget reductions for higher education.
Gov. Bob Taft has indicated colleges and universities should anticipate a 6 percent cut this fiscal year, but many observers say further reductions are likely. For planning purposes, Miami officials are assuming that the universitys state allocation will be cut by 8 percent or $5.8 million for the Oxford campus and $1.3 million for the regional campuses.
Miami President James Garland explained in a letter to faculty and staff that the new round of cuts comes on top of a 1 percent cut the university received this past July. This pattern of eroding state support has happened regularly in Ohio over the past 50 years and is the primary reason tuition and fees at Ohio public universities are among the highest in the nation, he said.
Because Miamis permanent state allocation is being reduced, the university must reduce permanent expenditures. The following guidelines will be used in determining cutbacks:
• All divisions will share in the reductions.
• The goal will be to minimize the impact on academic programs and essential services for students (including financial aid) and revenue-generating operations (fund-raising, student recruitment).
• The university will buffer the cutbacks as much as possible by using university reserves.
Once hard numbers on the cutbacks are provided, Miamis vice presidents will begin determining actions. No layoffs are anticipated, but rather reductions are expected to occur through normal attrition.
The university also will slow down planned program improvements and continue a limited hiring freeze.
Although at this point we do not believe a mid-year tuition increase will be necessary, the economic uncertainty in the state is so high it is obviously important that we leave all revenue options open, said Garland.