UNCP grapples with $3M in cuts

Staff report

September 20, 2013

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, in consultation with deans, academic department chairs and departmental financial managers, has established a plan for addressing more than $3 million in budget cuts called for in the state budget.

According to a statement released by the university on Friday, the plan includes, among other things, eliminating as many as 36 positions, consolidating departments and the possibility of eliminating programs.

The budget-reduction planning process involved each department or division submitting recommendations to its respective vice chancellor on how to best meet UNC Pembroke’s mandated target. The plan was reviewed by the University Budget Advisory Committee, made up of administrators, faculty and staff, and was presented Friday to the board of trustees for comments.

As a result of the process, 10 filled and 26 vacant positions were recommended for elimination; six academic departments have been consolidated or reorganized; and four programs are being considered for possible curtailment or elimination, including Physics, Theatre, Music Education and Art Education.

Before finalizing the plan, UNCP Chancellor Kyle R. Carter will discuss with his Cabinet members feedback collected from the trustees and from the University Budget Advisory Committee. Carter will announce the final plan no later than Oct. 15.

“These decisions are never easy,” Carter said in the statement. “I am considering the recommendations made by office heads, deans and vice chancellors. In the final analysis, we will implement a plan that will be least disruptive to our mission and enable us to continue to provide an engaged learning experience for our students.”

Departments and individuals affected by the budget cuts will be notified before Oct. 15.

The mandatory budget reduction of $3,194,283 for UNC Pembroke required that reductions meet targeted amounts in the areas of operational and instructional efficiencies. It also required a review of programs that could be curtailed or possibly eliminated. UNC Pembroke’s reduction plan includes $662,468 in operating and instructional expenses and more than $2.5 million in personnel expenses.

“More than 30 vacant and filled positions will be affected, and some of those could be tied to the discontinuation of academic programs with low enrollments,” Provost Ken Kitts said in the statement.