Kansas University's student body president said today that an administrator has assured him that student input would be sought in deciding whether KU's student leadership program is eliminated.
Student Body President John Shoemaker, who met with David Ambler, vice chancellor for student affairs, on Friday, said a decision to cut the student leadership program probably would not be made this semester.
Kelli Zuel, assistant director of KU's Organizations and Activities Center and coordinator of student leadership programs, said she already has been told that she would lose her job if the program is cut.
Her position would be eliminated as of May 17, she said.
Ambler could not be reached this morning.
"He assured me that there would be student input on this," Shoemaker said.
The recommendation to cut the program was made as part of Program Review, the university's restructuring effort aimed at saving money. Few such recommendations are being made public.
Administrators had not planned to announce the student leadership program cut until Thursday, the last day of classes for the semester, Zuel said.
About $28,000 -- including Zuel's salary and a budget for leadership programs -- will be saved buy the cuts, she said.
Student leadership programs include the annual "Blueprints" leadership conference, which draws up to 240 students. Zuel also conducts dozens of student leadership workshops each year for fraternities and sororities, student organizations, and residence and scholarship halls.
In November, she conducted a leadership conference for residence hall student government members from seven states.
Under Program Review, all nonacademic units have been ordered to cut their budgets by 1 percent, per year, for three years.
Some departments, such as KU police, are adjusting to the cuts only through attrition.