Even flagships suffer budget cuts

Cost-cutting measures at the University of Tennessee. The idea below of revoking tenure stirred up UT faculty.  Rightfully so.  Even though higher education may see improvements in state funding, we're still way behind, as Dr. DiPietro points out. From The Tennessean.

UT president: System headed toward $377M funding gap
But it doesn't mitigate the urgency at UT. 
"We're not even back to the state appropriations that we received before the recession," DiPietro said. "The reality is we have to be ready." 
Although chancellors at different UT locations will get the chance to tailor their approaches, DiPietro laid out strategies that could fill the chancellors' "toolboxes" as they look for ways to cut expenses and boost revenues. 
DiPietro said chancellors would be allowed to boost out-of-state enrollments up to 25 percent of the student body. Out-of-state students would bring in significantly more tuition revenue, although DiPietro said schools would continue to enroll the same number of in-state students. Out-of-state students make up about 12 percent of the system's enrollment. 
As part of the cost-saving effort, UT will review the processes of giving and revoking tenure. System administrators will also examine tuition waivers and discounts that aren't funded by the state. Those discounts cost UT an estimated $7.4 million annually. 
DiPietro told the trustees he hoped to avoid filling the funding gap with steep tuition increases. He said the UT system hoped to keep this year's tuition increases within a 0 to 4 percent window.
Trustees were supportive of DiPietro's plan. Some of them noted that tough cuts could encourage state leaders to beef up their support for UT in the future.


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