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FIRST ON 3: UNCW cutting almost 150 jobs

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With a state budget finally approved, state universities will face cuts. The North Carolina system was hit hard with $414 million coming out of funding.

Over the past three years, budget reductions for UNCW have totaled more than $31 million. This year's budget will see a nearly sixteen percent reduction.

Eli Bingham is a UNCW student double majoring in math and physics, which he says are not very large.

He says because there is a small amount of students majoring in physics, several upper level classes have two or three students enrolled.

“They will have a hard time justifying keeping these sections,” said Bingham.

Chancellor Gary Miller announced Thursday that UNCW’S budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 has been reduced by more than $16 million.

In an email sent to faculty, staff and students miller writes: "After extensive reviews of university priorities, recommendations from the senior leadership, and available funding from all sources, it is apparent that it will be necessary to eliminate the equivalent of 147 full-time
positions."

Of those positions 78 will be faculty and the remainder will be staff and support positions.

The faculty cuts will most likely mean closing or crowding more students into already packed class sections, which Bingham says would affect his future at UNCW.

“It could take me a longer time to graduate and also I would be paying an extra year of tuition,” said Bingham.

The reductions will be achieved by not filling any currently vacant positions.

In his email, Chancellor Miller stressed that no currently employed tenure track faculty will be impacted.

“We're not going to necessarily see a decline in the quality of teaching, but in the quality of support staff perhaps,” said Bingham.

In comparison, UNC Chapel Hill's funding will be reduced by nearly $100 million, the hardest hit among the UNC’s 17 campuses.

In closing his email, Miller stated that the focus will be on how to move forward in the months to come.

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An abundance of wrong, wrong, just plain old wrong!

Oh yeah, I'd keep my name off the byline too if I wrote copy and heads like this.

First, no one is losing a job; HR @ UNCW simply does not fill jobs already vacant due to attrition, retirement, and other means. good thinking.

Here are a couple of ideas: put a moratorium on certain majors for a semester or two; demand a higher GPA from students before they declare certain majors. Both ideas easy to implement and guaranteed to save money.

Second, what's this? "Eli Bingham is a UNCW student double majoring in math and physics, which he says are not very large." So the way I understand it is that math is not very large, and guess what, neither is physics. I’m thinking that the law of gravity alone would take umbrage at that. Wait, do you mean the programs are not in demand? Then say that.

He says because there is a small amount of students majoring in physics, several upper level classes have two or three students enrolled. A small amount, not a small number? or a few?

Seriously people at UNCW, you are wasting money if you are paying an instructor to teach a section that small. Try only offering every two or three semesters; better yet, set up a video classroom with another UNC college. Even if a TA is teaching a section that small, it's a waste. Does anyone think over there? Have you put out a memo asking for ideas, or are the idea sessions restricted to a couple of higher level employees. I know, I ask too many questions. The Red Queen would have had my head by now.

Money for College

I get sick and tired to listening to people complain about not getting the government hand outs they are so entitled to receive... I grew up in a low income family. I worked hard in school... I had very good grades, and played sports. When it came time to graduate I had no scholarships coming my way, and my parents had a hard enough time putting food on the table let alone put me through college at the tune of 50K... So what did I do??? I made an adult decision... I was not going to sit idly by and watch my parents go through financial ruin to send me to college... rather I made a commitment to the United States of America, and for four years I served in the Navy. I was honorably discharged in 2003, and then with the use of the GI Bill put myself through college.

People always want to take the easy way out... It's time for more americans to buck up, and take responsibility for themselves. We have become the generation of complainer's... and it makes me sick.

John

Let the State cease

funding Medicaid, for individuals from birth to death; let Medicaid stop paying for multiple births involving the same unwed Mothers, and some of this budget cutting could be avoided.

Then cut out the free cell phones, with voice mail, for those on Section 8, Food Stamps, or dozens of other giveaway programs.

Put a time limit, for those who are physically and mentally able, to receive food stamps, Section 8 vouchers, and other government funded giveaways.

Put those physiclly and mentally able, who receive government giveaways, on 40 hour weekly work assignments which will free up funds otherwise required to fund these activities.

Then watch the dollars flow back to the state coffers.

UNCW shared the budget cuts as did all of the UNC campuses.

Amen

Amen

Why title this 150 jobs cut.

Why title this 150 jobs cut. Title is misleading - 150 vacant positions will be cut not jobs.

Education does not equal a free ride

College is not automatic or even a right. Its a product to be purchased. Some can do so on their own means, some take loans, some apply for aid etc. However, its not free and why should it be? Employees of this higher education system are government workers and they are not exempt from the economic stresses in our society any more than non governmental workers. Layoffs are nothing new in this economy of 2011. What is unique about this particular layoff is that someone wants to make me feel sorry for these students as if they are victims. Come on! They are not victims. If you want the product ( a college degree ) work for it just like I did and many others before you. Don't start trying to make me feel bad because a class is crowded or you don't have an security guard to walk you to your dorm. If these positions can be cut I doubt they were really 'needed' to begin with and were rather just a means to use up that budget that was submitted years ago and maintain your annual funding. If you want to keep the "staff of educators" then you will have to dig into your pockets and pay the tuition costs. Why should the state? Why should the taxpayer? Why should I pay for your product? If you don't have the money for it then go to work and save for it. Besides, apparently a college BS degree is not what it used to be anyway..according to one researcher its merely a "license for job hunting"

Lottery funds

Whatever happened to using all the lottery money for our education system? If this had been allocated as promised, we wouldn't see these cuts. Tuition will go up, again, and pretty soon it will be too expensive for many to rationalize getting a college education.

I don't believe

the Education Lottery is allowed to fund beyond 12th grade; and then only for public schools.

Of course as was noted, the current and former Governor have used the Lottery Fund as a personal piggy bank to fund their pet projects and fill the gaps for things like Medicaid.

The Legislature should look at the laws and implement some changes which would prevent the Governor from raiding the pig.

Misused

Perdue has been using to fill budget gaps. I am really ticked that education positions are being affected and lottery funds being misused as I see it. I know awhile back she used lottery funds to plug the shortfall in the state budget.

let's hear it for...

a Republican-sponsored uneducated population that will believe that your taxes will lower and life will be better with Repugs in office. That's only true for corporations and the wealthy. Forget about education, roads, schools, the environment. Go terminal groins!! Go GE, you rock for not paying any taxes. Let those public schoolkids eat paste, (ours kids are all in private schools.)

Another uneducated, rabid,

Another uneducated, rabid, envious, communist who can't take care of him/herself much less anyone else.

I will tell you where they

I will tell you where they will find the funding. They will increase the tuition and make it even harder to get a higher level of education. the students pay the price.

As it should be...

....since they're the ones receiving the education.

Loss of education positions

This is sad so sad.
What are we doing to our education system?

UNCW doesn't generate revenue...

it gets it from tuition/fees and we the taxpayers. Having paid my own way through college, I feel no sympathy for this school or any other when times get tough. Just like our local Board of Education, when times get tough...start cutting at the top...not the bottom...but yet they don't.

Well...UNCW employees...

aren't exempt from budget cutting anymore than employees of private businesses are. Yet University officials somehow think they should be.

good point...

its true that most university employees feel that they're entitled to employment. Also, most four year schools aren't producing a usable product. We simply don't need the legions of liberal arts students these schools crank out (but the university gladly takes their money).

But we do need them...

...who else is going to cook the fries?