Indiana University dean anticipates budget shortfall



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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Indiana will have a budget shortfall between $4 million and $8 million for the 2015-2016 academic year, which could cause mean a hiring freeze, fewer graduate course offerings and the elimination of certain operating units, according to an official with the college.

The college runs on a $393 million budget, according to dean Larry Singell.

The shortfall mainly was caused by a decrease in students taking general education classes because of credit already earned from courses they took in high school, Singell told The (Bloomington) Herald Times (http://bit.ly/1cNjeTQ ). It also was affected by a growth in professional schools at the University of Indiana, such as the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he said.

The college's reserves will cover the budget shortfall, but it still could cause several long-term changes, Singell said.

"We're not in a crisis yet," he said.

Short-term changes caused by the shortfall could include a limit of 1 percent or less on salary increases. It also could mean the school will have to make long-term changes, such as offering fewer graduate courses, reducing the number of lecturers and increasing participating of tenure tack faculty in undergraduate education.

The shortfall also might cause the elimination of operating units within the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Nobody likes budget cuts, but they understood how we got here," Singell said.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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