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8 percent state cut to higher education could put KU jobs at risk, chancellor says

December 13, 2012


An 8 percent cut in state funding for higher education would likely put jobs in danger at Kansas University, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said Thursday.

"At 8 percent, it would be hard to imagine it would not affect staffing," Gray-Little told the Lawrence Journal-World during an interview.

That is the approximate level of cuts to higher education recommended by the state Division of Budget, according to the Kansas Board of Regents.

The board has appealed that recommendation, a spokeswoman said this week, and Brownback will not unveil his personal budget proposal until the 2013 legislative session starts in January. The governor and Legislature will have final say on higher education funding.

Gray-Little said she was unsure about the likelihood of such a cut coming to fruition, as earlier messages from the state had indicated that higher education would not face a cut.

But if such a cut does happen, she said, the effects would be serious.

"To have the kind of reduction that the budget office recommended would be a severe reduction for us and would have, I believe, a significant effect on everything that we're trying to do," Gray-Little said.

It would likely affect staff, she said, and it could limit the university's ability to hire new faculty.

"Then that begins to have a direct effect on our aspirations in terms of teaching," Gray-Little said.

The university is in the midst of a campaign to fill 64 newly created faculty positions, including 12 high-profile "Foundation Professors" to be funded in part by a $3 million annual award from the state.

The chancellor noted that news of the recommended cut comes at the same time that the threat of federal sequestration — or the "fiscal cliff" — hangs over the university. Should sequestration occur, it could cost the university an estimated $18 million in federal research funding and lead to an additional $27 million in loan costs for students over the course of 2013.

She also added that a cut would add to what's already been a 40 percent reduction in state funding over the last 15 years at KU.

"We are doing more with less state funds," Gray-Little said.

KU is also in the middle of its "Changing for Excellence" plan, a campaign to cut costs, become more efficient and free up funds for things such as faculty hires.

Gray-Little said such a cut would amount to a roughly $8 million reduction in state funding at the KU Medical Center, which receives about $100 million in state funding annually.

"Medical education is very expensive," Gray-Little said.

Amid a tight state budget, KU also seeks a $30 million commitment from Brownback to help fund a proposed $75 million new education building at the Medical Center, in addition to the release of a $26 million refund of FICA taxes incorrectly collected from the Medical Center during the 1990s.


KiferGhost 5 years, 4 months ago

Time to sell the sports crap to the highest bidder. Get it off campus since it is only bringing party students who are a waste of time on professors' time. Let's get serious like the University of Chicago and focus on education.

parrothead8 5 years, 4 months ago

KU Athletics is already a separate entity that operates without state money. Get rid of it, and you'll see a huge decline in enrollment, tuition dollars, and money donated by KUAC to the University each year.

KiferGhost 5 years, 4 months ago

It operates on state property, the AD does get a good sum for his salary from the university, the money from tuition goes to waste time trying to get kids who care less about the liberal arts or sciences to learn something. Cut the university back to those here to be scholars and get the GD tax gimmick sports crap off campus and let the billionaire pro sports people develop their own talent. Sports use to have a healthy place at the university but it has totally gone overboard.

Like you said money is donated to kuac. The university isn't a sports team believe it or not. Time to find out if the alumni care about academics.

KiferGhost 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh and you may be familar with the University of Chicago. Just think Nobel prizes instead of Orange Bowl.

thinkinganalytically 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget the student fees that are collected for every credit hour at KU and given to the Athletic Corporation.

NewKansan 5 years, 4 months ago

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globehead 5 years, 4 months ago

"8 percent state cut to higher education could put KU jobs at risk, chancellor says"...

Just the beginning of all the new jobs pouring in as a result of the junta's policies.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

Republicans got their butts kicked elsewhere yet continue to put people out of work. This group of Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism are not the economic giants of our time.

They wreck economies and wreck millions of lives in the process.

Never ever vote republican again.


Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Middle class will ever be able to afford those posing as the Republican Party!

-- Women will be getting more republican big government in there lives? It is on the way!

--- Public Education is a strong player in new Economic Growth yet republicans starve the system of funding which starves our teachers of resources. Which starves the desired level of education = stealing from our children’s future.

--- "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

--- Republicans want to kill PBS and NPR - NO I want my tax dollars to support PBS and NPR

--- Publicopoly Exposed frankly is a threat to Democracy - ALEC

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option.

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.

This bogus repub party is anti American and anti jobs as ever!

notaubermime 5 years, 4 months ago

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flloyd 5 years, 4 months ago

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Enoughsaid 5 years, 4 months ago

Does this mean the chancellor might have to lay off her personal chauffeur?

flloyd 5 years, 4 months ago

Welcome to the real world. Now, let's also get rid of tenure...

voevoda 5 years, 4 months ago

Get rid of tenure, and allow government officials and university officials free rein to fire any faculty member who says something critical about them? Or publishes studies that challenge their treasured opinions about science, economics, history, education, or anything else? The public benefits from tenure, flloyd, just as it benefits from an independent judiciary.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes. I'm sure they'll have a fantastic time retaining quality PhDs with no tenure. Good plan.

LJD230 5 years, 4 months ago

KU doesn't rank well in many areas. This holds true in the profit generated by the KU athletic program. The university is ranked #73

notaubermime 5 years, 4 months ago

The information that site uses to rank the universities is dependent on the information each university files with the US Department of Education. There is no standard way across universities for reporting what money goes where and how. Further, each university has their own way of categorizing costs. Ranking the universities in such a way fails to acknowledge that the numbers reported by one university for a certain category do not necessarily correspond to the numbers reported by another.

In other words, trying to rank the universities using the set of numbers that this person is using is inherently flawed.

LJD230 5 years, 4 months ago

Then the US Department of Education might want to take a good and hard look at the business of college sports and require accurate data.

The data may be flawed but since it is all that is available I stand by my comment that KU does NOT rank well.

notaubermime 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure that the US Department of Education has more pressing matters to attend to.

Your dedication to an erroneous ranking method does not make the method any less erroneous. Did you happen to notice that West Virginia's football program went from 24 in 09-10 down to #60 in 10-11 despite the fact that they had identical records? Or that Oklahoma State's basketball team improved 39 places in one year despite the fact that the improvement happened in a year that they did not even make the tournament? That is some ranking system to place your faith in.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 4 months ago

Come on you guys, if Brownie doesn't make some cuts the Koch Brothers will have to get each other a lump of coal for Christmas instead of adding another zero to their meager income.

voevoda 5 years, 4 months ago

You are confusing the academic study of religion--that is, teaching about religion--with propagating religious faith. The Department of Religious Studies does not train pastors. It trains specialists in the understanding of religion as a cultural phenomenon, just as the Department of Philosophy trains specialists in the understanding of philosophy as a cultural phenomenon, rather than advocates of Platonism, Marxism, Randism, or any particular philosophy. Religious Studies is as valid a field of study as Neuroscience. Educate yourself about the work of the university, irtnog2001, before you start proposing areas to cut.

LogicMan 5 years, 4 months ago

What if there were 15 of the same degrees, but all of their graduates were getting great jobs? By your logic we'd get rid of 14 and then have lots of unemployed kids.

voevoda 5 years, 4 months ago

Humanities courses, whether in history, philosophy, literature, or religion, teach people to look at situations from someone else's perspective. They teach people about the range of diversity in culture, and the varieties of different ways in which people understand the world around them. It teaches them about the varieties of different ways in which people cope with common human situations. Because most people in the world are religious, learning about religion helps students to understand how they see the world. Those skills are greatly valued in business, and in fact are essential to success in business, non-profits, and government--any endeavor in which workers interact with a wide range of clients, customers, suppliers, manufacturers. Many of the most successful business people were Humanities majors--just ask them about whether these courses are worthwhile. And of course many of the students in Humanities courses aren't majoring in those areas, but they want to become well-informed and flexible-thinking citizens.

Why should a public university offer these courses? The same holds true about every field of study. Yes, private schools offer the same courses and the same degrees in every field. But private schools are much more expensive, and access to the full range of valuable education ought not to be limited to students who are well-to-do. Furthermore, many private universities, including Baker, are associated with particular churches, and consequently they teach Religious Studies courses not as the dispassionate study of a cultural phenomenon, but rather to promote a particular religion as Truth. So the private alternative, particularly in the case of the study of religion, is not viable.

voevoda 5 years, 4 months ago

At all private religious colleges, is the teaching of religion grossly biased? No, of course not. But one certain religion will always be implicitly favored at such places. And persons who wish to study about religions of the world should not have to affiliate with one faith (even if only to the point of attending a faith-centered university) in order to be able to gain that knowledge. I fail to see irtnog2001, why you should be so opposed to public universities offering courses on the topic of religion. Religion is an integral part of world cultures, past and present, so why don't you want our public universities to teach students about it?

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

There are jobs both in and outside churches for religious study majors, including public policy, management, writing, and non-profit work. It also makes a great pre-law major for those wanting advanced study, and it can give students a leg up on their GRE or LSAT scores because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree. The classes used for the degree are also classes other students can take, so it's not wasted classroom space or positions.

JackMcKee 5 years, 4 months ago

This is just the beginning, folks. Get ready for massive cuts across the board to pay for Brownback's irresponsible fiscal policy.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm waiting for that shot of adrenaline to jump start the jobs hose any second now.

JackMcKee 5 years, 4 months ago

Good? I guess your plan is to lure thousands of warehouse jobs to Kansas that pay $10/hour. Because no good jobs will come to a state that places zero value on education.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes. It's absurdly low when compared to private sector wages for top management.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 4 months ago

While I don't agree with Brownback's war on education, perhaps it is time to reduce duplication of programs at state universities. I don't think the status quo of yesterday will ever return.

JackMcKee 5 years, 4 months ago

Good luck getting KSU to agree to give up their business school and engineering degrees.

LogicMan 5 years, 4 months ago

There are reasons for similar programs. The demand for them is there. If Buggy Whip Science were still offered, it would have no enrollment.

feefifofum 5 years, 4 months ago

Political Science - might be a good area to trim. African-American studies - trim just a little ? Women's Studies ? Some might say KU's football program is unnecessary duplication (dang Wildcats). At any rate - I think KU will survive an 8% cut. You might want to shed a tear for those that take a 100% pay cut in small business around this state.

Dave Trabert 5 years, 4 months ago

I would like to see the new college math on the claim that state aid to KU has been cut 40% over the last 15 years.

According to reports at (Schedule 2.2 in Governor's Budget Report) KU received $116.4 million in 1998 and is budgeted for $141.1 million in 2013. KU Medical School received $86.8 million in 1998 and is budgeted for $105.9 million in 2013.

KU may have received 40% less than what they wanted over the last 15 years, but the data shows that they received increases.

chootspa 5 years, 3 months ago

$1 of 1998 dollars would be worth: $1.41 in 2012, so while it may be a numeric increase, it's clearly a loss of funding compared to inflation, and that's assuming you've listed all state funding sources. My understanding is that there have also been a few recent years that the state has failed to fully fund their budgeted obligations when they faced tax revenue shortfalls, so it might actually be more informative to look at the final figures for 2012 when you deceptively use numbers to ironically accuse them of lying about theirs.

Betty Bartholomew 5 years, 4 months ago

"She also added that a cut would add to what's already been a 40 percent reduction in state funding over the last 15 years at KU.

'We are doing more with less state funds,' Gray-Little said."

No! don't tell them that! They'll get it in their heads that negative funding will yield positive results.

honestyku 5 years, 4 months ago

Why not get rid of the Ku Police Dept. LPD can handle the few crimes that occur on that campus instaed of wasting millions of ks taxpayers dollars. At least 4 of the top police admin staff earn at least 90 grand a year sitting on thier butts doing nothing. This doesnt include thier fat overpaid retirements that are soon to come. Wake up kansas taxpayers. gIVE THIS MONEY TOP THE OTHER ku WORKERS WHO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY.

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