April 21, 2003
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|Budget planning outlook reviewed at UPC
Members of the University
Planning Committee (UPC) heard an update on the budget process and the
Legislature from Dr. Les Wyatt, president, during a meeting
Friday. The budget development process for the upcoming year has
been delayed because the Legislature adjourned without approving a
state budget, including funds for higher education. Dr. Wyatt
believes the state budget will be approved during a special session in
May; in the meantime, the process for developing a budget will be
slowed until the level of state funding is determined.
Dr. Wyatt said the university's priorities continue to be restoration
of scholarships, raises for faculty and staff, and restoration of funds
lost due to budget cuts. He does not anticipate any reduction in
faculty or staff as a result of the budget outlook.
One possible recommendation, from the Department of Higher Education,
would be for the Legislature to provide the current funding level, or
94.25 percent of Category A, plus $836,000. President Wyatt told
the UPC that this would not be an acceptable alternative because of the
huge burden that would have to be shifted to students through a tuition
A second possible proposal would be an increase of funding through the
Revenue Stabilization Act. One plan considered for new state
revenue would be a 15 percent increase in taxes on tobacco
products. This would generate an estimated $80 to $100 million
overall, or about $1.95 million in new money for ASU. Even if
this is approved, ASU would still be short of restoring funds lost due
to budget cuts, about $3.7 million. Stated another way, Dr. Wyatt
said ASU will probably start the 2003-04 academic year in July with
less money than at the beginning of the current biennium, in July of
Until the Legislature acts and more information is available, ASU's
budget for 2003-04 cannot be developed and presented to the Board of
Trustees for approval. More information will be provided to the
university community as it becomes available.
dean appointed for College of Science and Mathematics
first dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics will be Dr.
Hector Flores. Currently, Flores is a professor of plant
pathology and biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University.
His administrative experience includes serving as director of the
Science, Technology and Society Program at Penn State. The new
college is one of two which will result from the split of the College
of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Academic Affairs will be
making a more detailed announcement this week.
College of Education accreditation
College of Education has received word from the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) that it has been successful
in its quest for accreditation for another review period. This is
important news for the College of Education because of the large number
of teacher education graduates it produces each year. A formal
announcement will be issued this week.
Fowler Center to host
Opera Memphis Artists in Residence
Fowler Center has recently added another special event to its spring
schedule . . . on Sunday, April 27, Opera Memphis Artists in Residence
will present "Italian Songs and Arias," with Sandra Franks,
soprano, Sean Miller, tenor, Robert Ian Weintraub, baritone, and
Stephen Carey, piano. The program begins at 3 p.m. in Riceland
Hall. Admission is free.
Planning for Delta
Blues Symposium X
Repeated as a reminder: An organizational meeting for
Delta Blues Symposium X will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30,
in Wilson Hall, Room 315. Participants will select dates for Symposium X and to determine its specific focus.
Everyone is welcome; if you can't attend, express your interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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