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Published: Monday, 8/24/2009

UT employees face furloughs, layoffs, program cuts to plug $8 million deficit

BY MEGHAN GILBERT
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The University of Toledo will plug an $8 million budget hole with furloughs, more layoffs, and program cuts.

The finance committee of the UT Board of Trustees approved Monday the adoption of a mandatory employee furlough policy that will help save about $2 million.

The program would affect all university staff, which is different than the one at BGSU that impacted only 12-month employees and spared most faculty who work on 9-month contracts.

The $8 million deficit, which is primarily because of budget changes at the state level, will be handled with a four-step process, each to save about $2 million.

In addition to the furloughs, additional layoffs will be required, UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs said recently during a campus town hall meeting.

"I am fully aware that we've already downsized the workforce and that this has a direct impact on real human lives, but that will be an important part and an inevitable part, I'm afraid, of what we have to do," he said.

Another quarter will be made up with a tuition increase that UT has already announced. While tuition will increase this fall, students will be given a scholarship or waiver to offset that amount so they will not pay more out of pocket this semester. In the spring, however, the tuition increase will be paid by students.

Program cuts will account for the last quarter of cuts, including the elimination of a perfect attendance bonus program for staff and the consolidation dining halls.

"Spreading it out like that and creating a multifaceted program seems to be the best way to ameliorate the impact to some degree and to behave responsibly toward the future and toward the requirement for a balanced budget," Dr. Jacobs said at that recent town hall meeting.



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