PR Connections: Budget Crisis

The Georgia Legislature has asked the University system of Georgia to prepare for a $300 million dollar reduction for the 2011 fiscal year. This means that Georgia Southern University will be cut an additional $14.7 million on top of an already $11 million dollar cut.

What this means?

  • 6 more furlough days to be taken in Fiscal Year 2010, starting in July
  • Elimination of state subsidy that is used to support the Division of Education, Performing Arts Center, Wildlife Center, etc. These will have to become self-sufficient.
  • Elimination of one-half of all temporary faculty (63 full-time temporary faculty and 54 part-time temporary faculty).
  • Elimination of 67 staff positions.
  • Unspecified cuts to athletics.
  • Consolidation and elimination of academic programs.

Although this is a terrible dilemma that we are all about to face here at GSU, I found it interesting how both faculty, staff, students and even new President Brooks Keel have utilized social media techniques to not only spread the word, but also to ask for help.

Here is a video from President Brooks Keel further explaining these cuts and how we can help:

Here is a list of links to Facebook groups, events and notes that deal with these new budget cuts. While all similar, each offers a different look and different options of how to take a stand against these proposed cuts.

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2 responses to “PR Connections: Budget Crisis

  1. marielorelei

    The proposed areas that might be affected by the budget cut definitely causes a feeling of uneasiness. I really hope that when the final decisions are made, that things are as bad as it currently seems like it will be. I learned something interesting the other day when it comes to the whole budget cut issue, the “tech” schools in Georgia are not going to be affected by the budget cut. So this means that schools like Georgia Southern University are going to be affected, while schools like the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are going to be safe. I really don’t think that it’s fair for some Georgia colleges to get special treatment while the rest of us have our heads on the chopping block.

  2. Matt, thank you for using your blog to bring attention to the massive budget cuts that are affecting schools in Georgia. Twenty-five million dollars is a lot of money to be taken away from a school! And how tragic that the Education Department and the Performing Arts Department will no longer have funding! I also was told that Georgia Southern, who had one of the top nursing programs in the country, will be forced to eliminate nursing as an option. It’s terrible. I thought your point about social media spreading the word is interesting. I have seen and been asked to join many groups who are centralized around boycotting the budget cuts. Keep up the great blogging!

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