Top administrators at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock say the campus is due for “across the board” budget cuts of two percent for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.
In an email sent to faculty and staff late Wednesday, Chancellor Andrew Rogerson and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Steve McClellan said the cuts were necessary to cover “necessary expenses.” They noted that UALR has incurred a drop in revenue this year due to a decline in enrollment. The email did not indicate what the latest enrollment figures were.
“We acknowledge that across the board cuts are not the best way to make reductions; however, given the urgency and time constraints to make these decisions, these cuts are ultimately our best option. This will ensure our fiscal integrity remains strong throughout this year as we work to grow our enrollment for fall 2017.
While these cuts will not be easy, our goal is to continue to provide services in such a way that our students are not negatively affected. We appreciate all you do to deliver an excellent educational experience to our students, even in difficult times.”
UALR has planned an open forum for Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the campus’s Donaldson Student Services Center Auditorium. Rogerson “will provide general information about where we are as a university and early thoughts on plans to move UA Little Rock ahead,” the email said.
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