Okay, so I get that our state is having some difficult financial times, but why is it their best idea to ask that all public colleges and universities within the state cut their budgets. Higher education is extremely important, especially when our education system is already so pathetic.
- Georgia State University is being asked to cut 622 jobs which is a savings of roughly $34,123,513
- The University of Georgia is being asked to cut 1,418 jobs which is a savings of roughly $58,910,117
- Georgia Institute of Technology is being asked to cut 452 employees; a savings of roughly $38,100,000
- The Medical College of Georgia is reducing their spending by $25,600,000
- Georgia Southern University is being asked to cut roughly 300 jobs for an annual savings of $14,700,000
The list goes on and on.
What I don’t get is that they are cutting important things, like funding for the arts, entire majors and departments (which forces undergraduate and graduate students to pick a new major or transfer to another university that offers their desired major), decreasing roughly 20% of all custodial staff, reducing student services staff (while enrollment continues to rise), and eliminating “unnecessary” staff positions.
If such cuts go into effect, then the quality of instruction, the integrity of each university, and the overall reputation of public colleges and universities within Georgia are going to suffer tremendously. As enrollment continues to climb at record speed, the level of interaction between faculty/staff and student will continue to decrease.