SIUE has received significant monetary appropriations from the State in just the last few weeks. We have now received 99% of our FY10 State appropriation. This is good news indeed! We are thankful to President Poshard for making a strong case at the State level in support of this funding.
While we may soon close the books on FY10, we have received none of the general revenue fund appropriations for FY11, which began on July 1. Although we will continue our efforts to secure appropriations, a reasonable likelihood is that we will not receive any FY11 funds for some months, perhaps not until the end of the Fall semester or later. Nevertheless, as of this writing, we do expect to be able to make payroll through the end of this calendar year.
You will recall that our FY11 State appropriation was reduced from FY10 by $5.3M, which included a rollback to the FY06 level and a reduction of $1.25M used to support the School of Pharmacy. This matter was discussed by the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC) and was budgeted for by reducing expenditures and restricting hiring, while not allowing for layoffs or furloughs. This planning occurred with the expectation that no further reductions would occur in our base State budget during FY11. However, what we expect and what happens, given the State’s economic situation, may not be the same. That is why President Poshard has called upon the Chancellors to develop contingency plans which consider furloughs and layoffs. I will be working to develop a plan with the UPBC when they return to campus, which will subsequently be shared with the University community. During this period we will continue to monitor hiring, purchasing, and other expenses of the University.
Despite the economic situation state-wide and nationally, SIUE is positioned to come out of this period both strong and vibrant. We have budgeted conservatively, avoided campus-wide furloughs and layoffs, and continued to experience strong enrollments; and we enjoy a shared sense of purpose and community. As we prepare for a new academic year, I want to thank you all for the things you do to support the education of our nearly 14,000 students. Please accept my very best wishes for the upcoming academic year.
Vaughn Vandegrift, Chancellor