Cuts amount to $3.7M in savings
Program eliminations and reductions have been recommended at Henderson State University.
The financial exigency committee has made its recommendations to the chancellor. The next step is for the chancellor to provide financial exigency recommendations to the Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees for consideration. The board also will receive the financial exigency committee’s recommendations.
No recommendations are final until the ASU System board approves changes. A meeting is anticipated for May 5.
In a letter to Chancellor Charles Ambrose, the committee on Wednesday made the following suggestions for cuts:
Music performance and composition
Management information systems
Business information systems
The eliminations will amount to more than $1.7 million, according to Catherine Leach, chair of the Faculty Senate-appointed financial exigency committee. Leach goes on to note in the letter to Ambrose that a general business degree was suggested with many of the School of Business faculty being reassigned.
Recommendations for program reductions
The following programs are being recommended for reductions:
• Eliminate all part-time/adjunct positions. However, nursing and education stated they may need some of those faculty lines for student intern supervision or clinicals.
• Eliminate all faculty lines in the instructor scenario tool for faculty no longer with the university
• Art: eliminate three faculty positions
• Aviation: eliminate one faculty position; instructor has another job
• Biology: eliminate two faculty positions
• Chemistry: eliminate two positions
• Communication and Theatre Arts: eliminate one communications faculty positions and two theater arts faculty positions
• Curriculum and Instruction: eliminate the faculty line for Dr. Givan’s position
• Engineering and Physics: eliminate two faculty positions
• English, Foreign Language and Philosophy: eliminate six English faculty positions and one Spanish faculty position
• Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics: eliminate one computer science faculty position and two mathematics faculty positions
• Music: eliminate five faculty positions
• Psychology: eliminate one faculty position
• Social Sciences: eliminate three political science faculty positions
The total eliminations will amount to more than $3.7 million in savings, Leach said.