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Furloughs and budget reductions  December 9th, 2009

Earlier this week, President Ed Ray announced approval of a furlough program for unclassified employees of the university that will help address an $11.3-million budget shortfall in education and general fund and statewide public service programs this academic year. Just prior to his announcement, deans and division leaders submitted reports articulating actions taken to achieve the recurring budget reductions taken since Fall 2008 and detailing processes and timelines for proposals addressing strategic realignment and budget reductions for 2009-11.  Each of those reports is available at

What are your thoughts on the furlough program and other cost-cutting measures represented in the reports? How is the university administration doing with regard to transparency in these matters?

What’s most important in determining possible salary cuts?  November 19th, 2009

The OSU Faculty Senate voted today to support a Furlough Program that would reduce unclassified employees’ paid work time by a specified number of days or hours each month. OSU President Ed Ray has said final decisions on implementing the furlough program will be guided by the sense of the Senate, and senators and guests of the Senate have expressed a wide range of views on the matter. Classified employees of the university have already accepted a pay reduction as part of their collective bargaining agreement.

What do you think are the most important factors in determining whether faculty should accept reduced pay as a way of helping the university cope with deep budget cuts brought on by the economic downturn and corresponding drop in state revenues?

Welcome  November 19th, 2009

Welcome to the Oregon State University State of the Budget blog, part of the State of the Budget Web site. You’re invited to offer input, post comments and engage in dialogue with others on issues related to OSU’s budget and strategic realignment processes. Posters are encouraged to be mindful of the civil discourse we all value as a community; the blog moderator will not allow personal attacks, “flames” and like material to appear.

Current and archival information on matters relating to OSU’s budget and strategic realignment efforts since fall 2008 may be found throughout the State of the Budget Web site, as is comment and contact information for feedback intended for OSU academic division, college and administrative unit leaders.