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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The University of Toledo is
preparing a plan to make millions of dollars' worth of budget reductions.
The university's board of
trustees hasn't released specifics of the plan, but they did say their primary
focus is on meeting student needs.
The board met on Monday to
discuss how to deal with $14-17 million in budget reductions that will kick in
UT President Dr. Lloyd
Jacobs has said the budget shortfall was the result of depreciation, but
Faculty Senate President Linda Rouillard says in the past it was said a decline
in enrolment and a reduction in salary recapture from $10 million to $8 million
was partially to blame.
Now one faculty member
says she will protest what she says are the university's questionable
Sharon Barns says she's
seen funding cuts in her department's sexual assault and drug programs, and she's
hoping her job isn't on the chopping block.
"I think that there is
always concern," Barns said. "More likely, where we will see it in our
department is in department funds rather than the faculty lines."
So far, the university has
found $8 million in savings. One recommendation made to the board is to
sacrifice capital expenditure, or future projects, in order to meet student
needs. That leaves some faculty members hopeful that their jobs are secure.
"Given what the faculty's
role is in the university, investing in faculty is also investing in students,"