Articles & Papers Regarding Higher Education Challenges

National

Summary:  About a dozen states – including Michigan – face declines of 5% or more in high school graduates in coming years. (March 4, 2018)
Quote:  “But the New England states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Michigan — all fairly dense with colleges — face declines of 5 percent or more. Populous California is expected to see a lesser decline.”
Summary:  The # of high school graduates in Michigan and Midwest is expected to decline through at least 2025 [PDF] (December 2016)
Summary for Michigan [PDF] 

California

Summary: University of California Berkeley considering cutting sports to achieve balanced budget. (April 1, 2018) 

Quote:  “UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ maintains that cutting sports is the last resort, but she said that trimming some male rosters will probably be necessary in order to achieve her mandates of a balanced budget by 2020 and reaching Prong 1 of Title IX by 2021..”

Illinois

Summary: The Illinois public university system faces dramatic declines in enrollment that pre-date their state budget crisis. (Feb. 2, 2018) 
Quote:  “But the fact is that Illinois has been losing students long before its budget mess.”

Summary: Western Illinois University concerned about reserves amid declining enrollment and budget deficit. (May 22, 2018)

Quote: "Leaders delivered some unwelcomed news: a projected decline of about 14 percent in the overall enrollment, and the related probability that the university will no longer have reserves to fall back on next year."

Summary: Western Illinois University announces layoff of 24 faculty. (June 28, 2018)

Quote: "In addition to the layoffs, there wil be a further 62 vacant faculty positions eliminated."

Iowa

Summary:  Univ. Iowa closing centers and furloughing 31 employees. (July 10, 2018)
Quote:  “We’re disappointed to be in this position because these centers and employees provide valuable outreach and service to Iowans,” says UI President J. Bruce Harreld.

Kansas

Summary: University of Kansas to slash budget by $20 million during the next fiscal year. (May 30, 2018)

Quote: "Staying the current course is not an option. If we make no changes in the coming year, we will have overspent our budget with no remaining balances to support this overspending, and operations will be short a minimum of $50 million within five years."

Kentucky

Summary:  Eastern Kentucky University has suspended several academic programs, cut over 150 jobs, eliminated two sports programs, closed a regional campus, and is launching new online programs to close a "daunting" $25 miillion budget gap. (April 6, 2018)
Quote: “The reality of recouping $25 million is daunting, and our scarce resources simply cannot support every program we have in the the past."

Maine

Summary:  Maine’s higher education system faces dramatic declines in enrollment and is taking numerous steps to downsize and offer new programs. (Feb. 25, 2018)
Quote:  “The Maine system is the canary in the coal mine for the challenges that public colleges face in many states.”

Michigan

Summary:  Central Michigan University faced a $10m deficit in the middle of FY17 and expected additional deficits for FY18
Quote:  “Senior officers across campus are leading the way in determining how to make up a $10.6 million budget gap this year and what may be an even larger shortfall in fiscal year 2017-18.”

Summary:  Community college enrollment decline: Monroe Community College enrollment lowest in 20 years. (Oct. 1, 2018)

Quote:  “We're bleeding, and we need to find a way to stop the bleeding." 

Missouri

Summary:  Facing declining enrollments and declining state aid, the University of Central Missouri has cut spending, eliminated positions, and consolidated academic departments into fewer colleges. (April 13, 2018)
Quote:  “Facing a budget squeeze, the University of Central Missouri fast-tracks a vote on folding several departments into existing colleges.”

New Mexico

Summary: Sports programs at University of New Mexico to be cut as a result of expected $7.8 million budget deficit (April 14, 2018)
Quote: "Athletics Director Eddie Nuñez took the first step by projecting a $1.9 million savings through the elimination of programs. He did not identify which sports would be cut, but it’s clear that multiple Olympic-style teams could be affected."

Ohio

Summary: Wright State already cut $30m in spending and more cuts may be needed (Jan. 15, 2018)
Quote:  “In June, Wright State trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s fiscal year 2018 budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.”
Summary: "University of Akron, facing a substantial deficit, has cut more than $40 million in expenses by eliminating 200+ positions, eliminating baseball, outsourcing dining services, and cutting stipends to graduate students." (July 10, 2015)
Quote: "The massive cuts—coupled with $20 million in revenue from increased graduate tuition and undergraduate fees, and hopes enrollment will increase—are part of a three-year plan to repair the public school’s troubled finances."
Summary:  48 University of Akron faculty, administrators opt to take voluntary retirement incentives to help erase $20 million budget deficit.  (March 28, 2018)
Quote: "The incentive program will reduce personnel expenses and help us align our resources to best serve our students, now and in the future."
Summary:  "In addition to $30 million in cuts last year, Wright State is cutting another $10 million from its FY18 budget during the middle of the year." (April 10, 2018)
Quote: "Wright State University administrators have asked department heads to slash 66 percent of their remaining budgets for fiscal year 2018."

Summary: Wright State University trustee: Next budget a recipe for disaster. (May 22, 2018)

Quote: "A projected $12.65 million decline in revenue is the main reason WSU will enter the next fiscal year still on shaky financial ground. The shrinking revenue is mostly due to yet another drop in enrollment and comes even as WSU is hiking the price of tuition for incoming freshmen by 6 percent this fall, according to the university."

Summary: Wright State to start issuing layoff notices to 26 employees this week. (July 17, 2018)

Quote: "The layoffs are part of the latest budget cuts at Wright State as school officials anticipate revenue to decline by around $10 million during fiscal year 2019, which started July 1."

Pennsylvania

Summary:  The Pennsylvania higher education system faces many challenges: 9 of the 14 state universities in the regional system have seen double-digit declines in enrollment since 2009. (April 30, 2017)
Quote: “You don’t need a Ph.D. to understand the math spells trouble for public higher education in many states.”

Wisconsin

Summary:  Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point proposes cutting 13 academic programs to respond to declines in enrollment and a growing deficit. (March 5, 2018)
Quote:  “Administrators cited the campus’s $4.5-million deficit and declining enrollment as reasons for the cuts, according to the release. To increase enrollment, officials want to add 16 programs “in areas with high-demand career paths” such as computer information systems, finance, and chemical engineering, among many others.”
Summary:  Univ. of Wisconsin-Superior plans to cut two dozen programs with little input from faculty. (Nov. 1, 2017)
Quote:  “The programs were being phased out, the university said, as part of a streamlining process to make it easier for students to graduate on time.”

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