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Budget cuts to be 'open and fair,' Emmert says
by Thomas Becher
March 14, 1997
As the University braces for potential cuts in state appropriations, Mark Emmert reassured the University Senate on Monday that the administration will conduct an "open and fair budgetary process."
"I have tried my darndest that the overall budget plans are talked about openly," said Emmert, chancellor and provost for University affairs. "Should the budget reductions occur, we will not make across-the-board cuts. As we think about specific cuts, we must think about it in a broader context," relying on the strategic plan to determine what programs to focus on.
Important steps developed under the 1995 budget-balancing plan are on target "to eliminate a very dramatic budget shortfall," Emmert said.
The plan calls for the elimination of $11.6 million in personnel costs over four years, among other goals. Since January 1991, the University has reduced total positions by 601, he said. The University's structural deficit will have been reduced to $6.5 million from $15 million by next fiscal year.
Emmert also shared with Senate members figures the administration has used to allay legislators' concerns about administrative salaries. Only 2.6 percent of UConn personnel are identified as managers under federal guidelines. Administrative salaries make up 3.9 percent of total personnel costs, or $9.6 million, he said.
"It does not, in fact, portray
a mass infusion of money for administration," Emmert said.
The timetable, identifying the semester during which schools and departments will go through a self-study process, is as follows: