The Academic Planning Committee will hold a scheduled public hearing today to gather feedback on a proposed Phase 2 budget reduction.
The Oct. 14 hearing, which is 3 p.m. and available via Zoom will exam the elimination of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
The budget reduction plan was announced by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Sept. 3. It is part of a larger plan to address a $38.2 million shortfall through 2023.
The series of three hearings was to begin Oct. 7, but that session was canceled after donor commitments removed the university’s dance program from budget reduction consideration.
All hearings, which are at 3 p.m. and available via Zoom, are open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
The final hearing is Oct. 21 and the registration deadline to present testimony is noon, Oct. 19. It can be accessed via Zoom here. The hearing will include discussion on the elimination of the Masters in Athletics Administration in the College of Business, and the duplicative hospitality, restaurant and tourism management program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources — the broader hospitality, restaurant and tourism management program in the College of Education and Human Sciences is not included in this proposed reduction.
To provide testimony during a hearing, individuals must register an intent to appear. The notice is non-binding and any individual or unit that expresses an intent to appear may decline. Individuals will be given five minutes to speak.
Details on how to register an intent to appear are available here.
Guidance on how to testify that a reduction, elimination or reorganization is inadvisable is available in Section V, Criteria of the Procedures to be Invoked for Significant Budget Reallocations and Reductions.The guidance is useful for testimony provided live during a hearing or via written response.