Thompson Alumni Center – Chancellor Jeffrey Gold spoke to the UNO community at a forum Tuesday, April 17, sharing updates on the budget and a variety of other subjects. The forum followed the signing of a state budget package that reduces funding for the University of Nebraska by about $11 million in the current year, and next year’s appropriation by about $6 million. An original proposal had called for a $23 million cut to NU for 2018-19.
At the forum, Chancellor Gold said UNO will continue to use the same budget determination process as in prior years. He has asked campus leaders to communicate with their faculty and staff over the next few weeks to share planned revenue enhancement strategies and cuts, some of which may have been shared as examples of possible budget responses in February.
Other updates included:
- Chancellor Gold and Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor Jill Russell received a positive letter from the Higher Learning Commission as the accreditation process moves forward. Future updates will be shared as they are available.
- Spring semester enrollment took a slight downturn, and the resulting tuition shortfall is a factor in budget planning.
- Planning is underway to move the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute to the First Data office building next to UNO’s Scott Campus. The building was acquired by the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2016. Early planning called for the space to be inhabited by the Nebraska Applied Research Institute, a University of Nebraska University Technology Development Corporation, but NARI has found sufficient space in the Scott Technology Center. The change will result in UNO having additional funds to be strategically invested to meet campus needs.
- The search for a joint vice chancellor of business, finance, and business development continues to move forward. Chancellor Gold said a search committee has been meeting and that the search firm they are working with has said the position has generated significant interest.
- Philanthropists continue to express interest in supporting UNO and funding campus development. As an example of this community generosity, Chancellor Gold pointed to work beginning on the privately funded addition to the Biomechanics Research Building.
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