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.
- Leave my colleges money alone (group)
- Protest upper division classes being cut at GSU (group)
- Specific highlights on budget cuts (note by James Kicklighter)
- Help your Georgia Southern (event)
- Wear black to fight the budget cuts (event)