Provost Anne Blackhurst presented faculty with an initial prioritization of academic units Nov. 20 for review and response. The list was prepared using quantifiable measures including the number of majors within each program. Faculty are being asked to respond by Nov. 26 with additional information including program history, quality, and strategic opportunities. Based on these additional factors, a revised list will be presented to the Faculty Association Dec. 5.
This process is being used to address a deficit that is projected to grow to $6 million by 2016.
“There is a direct relationship between the number of students we have and the number of faculty positions needed,” said Blackhurst. “It is important to remember that even after these reductions, we will still have one of the lowest student to faculty ratios among our MnSCU peers.”
Provost Blackhurst has been sharing budget information, including the initial prioritization list, on her blog. https://collaborate.mnstate.edu/public/blogs/provost/.