Tuesday, February 10, 2009

And the bloodletting deepens...

In a development that is sure to warm the hearts of Russell Pearce, John Kavanagh, and the rest of their cohorts on West Washington, ASU's President, Michael Crow, has announced some devastating responses to the budget cuts imposed by the Republicans in the state lege.

From the AZ Republic -
Arizona State University President Michael Crow today said the school will cap enrollment and close applications to next year's freshman class March 1, possibly ask for more tuition from next fall's students, close about four dozen academic programs and significantly scale back operations at its Polytechnic and West campuses, all in response to state budget reductions.

And that's just for 2009. Crow said that for 2010, it's possible that both the East and West campuses could be closed entirely.
A summary of some of the cuts that the state's universities have implemented (list courtesy Solutions Through Higher Education) -

Enrollment capped, freshman applications close March 1, five months early

More than 550 staff positions and 200 faculty associate positions eliminated

Ten- to 15-day furloughs for all employees Closing of approximately four dozen academic programs Reduction of administrative operations at Polytechnic and West campuses

A reduction in the number of nursing students the university can admit


100 positions cut

Suspension of the development of new health professions programs in occupational therapy and physicians assistant, two critical area needs for the state

Closing of the Center for High Altitude Training and Social Research Laboratory Furloughs in FY09-10

Budget reductions for all departments


600 position cuts (through layoffs, attrition and permanent vacancy savings)

5-day furloughs for all local and state-funded employees in FY10

Further consolidation of colleges and mergers of 50 academic and administrative units

Severe curtailment of public outreach programs, including near-closure of public access to Flandrau Science Center, Arizona State Museum, and the UA Mineral Museum

Suspension of significant portions of the UA's extension and statewide outreach programs

On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the lege's Joint Appropriations Committee concerning the FY10 budget and the universities. that will feature testimony from the president's of the state's three universities. The meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room 1.
If you can do so, plan to attend the hearing. The university presidents need a strong show of support from the AZ community in order to fend off the sort of legislative attacks that imperil the very existence of higher ed in Arizona.



Thane Eichenauer said...

"imperil the very existence of higher ed in Arizona."

I only wish as many people were as concerned with the continued employment of private sector employmees. Public sector jobs cannot exist except as a result of private sector employment.

Donna said...

"I only wish as many people were as concerned with the continued employment of private sector employmees. Public sector jobs cannot exist except as a result of private sector employment."

*cough* strawman *cough*

cpmaz said...

Thane -

Most of the students at the state's universities and community colleges (as well as those in K-12) will end up working in the private sector, using the skills and knowledge acquired in those public sector schools.

Much like publicly-funded roads, water delivery systems, and other infrastructure all enhance the ability of private economic activity to occur, public investment in education actually benefits the private sector.

I don't think your point is entirely wrong, but neither is in entirely correct.

The public and private sectors aren't enemies; they aren't even mutually exclusive. They do, in fact, benefit from each other, and that is a fact that is ignored by too many ideologues (mostly right wing, but a few left wing).