Though not as bad as had been feared, a budget recommendation from N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue will deliver a big hit to the UNC system if the legislature goes along with it.
Since her recommendation was made Tuesday morning, UNC-system President Erskine Bowles has outlined the severity of the cuts he would have to make to comply.
Her recommended cuts to the UNC-system budget go beyond what Bowles has previously said the system can handle. It will be weeks before the legislature finalizes the 2010-11 budget.
Budget recommendation highlights:
-A 3.9 percent cut to the UNC-system campuses (on top of a 2 percent cut previously included in the budget)
-Full funding for the system’s need-based aid request ($35 million)
-Full funding for the system’s enrollment growth request ($5.6 million)
Effect on jobs:
-The UNC-system cut 935 jobs last year, almost 900 of those administrative.
-Earlier this month, Bowles said that with a 5 percent to 7 percent cut, at least 1,000 jobs would be cut. More than 500 of those would be faculty.
-Bowles said in a statement Tuesday that almost 1,200 jobs would have to be cut and about half would be faculty based on Perdue’s proposal.
Total cuts to the UNC system:
-The 2009-10 budget was cut by $162.5 million
-The 2010-11 budget already includes a $52 million cut
-Perdue’s recommendation would cut an additional $100 million