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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Officials from UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said the college would be unable to make the 6 percent budget cut UF President Bernie Machen asked each college to prepare for earlier this semester.

Laying off faculty members and eliminating several degree programs are the only ways CLAS could possibly cut 6 percent, or $3 million, from its 2008-2009 budget, according to a report from the college's Faculty Finance Committee.

But the committee wrote that those solutions would be too "drastic."

The report also identified six ways a total of about $1 million could be saved, such as eliminating the spring graduation ceremony and all elective and Honors courses.

But those suggestions would also harm CLAS' mission, it stated.

Machen wrote in an e-mail Wednesday he would not comment on the report until he releases his budget recommendations for next year, which should be ready this month.

This would be the second $3 million cut for CLAS' 2008-2009 budget. The college was forced to trim its budget due to decreased legislative funding earlier this year, and the committee released a report in February advising CLAS Interim Dean Joe Glover on how to do so.

A few days before the committee released that report, Machen asked each department to submit a proposal for a hypothetical 6 percent budget cut next year in anticipation of more legislative cuts.

Glover asked CLAS' finance committee to draft a second set of recommendations, and he wrote in an e-mail Wednesday that he would consider the committee's concerns when he submits his proposal to Machen this month.

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