To: LSU faculty, staff and students
From: LSU Chancellor Mike Martin
Date: October 20, 2010
Re: Mid-year budget cut increase
Dear LSU community,
LSU has submitted a revised plan for meeting a new mid-year
budget reduction of $5.1 million, as required by the Division of
Administration. Below are the details of the cut, which we will also be
sending out in a press release later today.
After submitting plans for a $2.2 million mid-year budget
reduction last week, LSU was notified on Monday that its mid-year cut
has been increased to $5.1 million. LSU – and other student-serving
institutions within the LSU System – were given higher budget cuts so
that the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center could be
spared larger mid-year cuts.
LSU calculations show that, because the cuts for the
AgCenter and Pennington were re-distributed to the remaining
universities within the LSU System, LSU’s mid-year cut went from 1.6
percent to 3.7 percent. The additional cuts could have been distributed
among all higher education systems in Louisiana, but were not.
To meet the cut, LSU will:
- Reduce funds in several areas of the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine, including the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab and the
Arbovirus Testing Program, which provide research, diagnoses or control
of animal-related human diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitis
- Change the source of funds for graduate assistant tuition exemptions
on employing campuses, totaling nearly $1 million;
- Utilize funds generated by tuition and fees from a
higher-than-expected freshman enrollment this fall, which LSU had
planned to use to temporarily increase classroom support, reduce section
sizes and provide counseling and tutoring hours for students;
- Change the source of funding for the Academic Center for Student
Athletes from the university to the Athletic Department.
As you know, LSU has already endured $42 million in reductions in state
appropriations since January of 2009. The new cut brings LSU’s losses
to $47 million in 22 months, an average of more than $2 million per
month. For more information please visit www.lsu.edu/budget and www.flagshipfriends.org.