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UT faculty question their job security

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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 this July.

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 priorities.

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," said Rouillard.

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