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New Mexico says cut VPs . . . cut pay

By James Monteleone
Journal Staff Writer
University of New Mexico regents say an initial budget proposal for 2012 doesn’t do enough to cut vice presidents and executive pay for administrators.
The regent finance committee on Monday saw a first draft of next year’s budget recommendations, which outline a $12 million shortfall beyond cuts already proposed through months of cost-containment meetings.
If no additional cuts are found, the budget would mean a 16 percent tuition increase for students next year, according to the data.
But regents are telling administrators to go back to the drawing board because the recommendations do not cut any of the university’s 28 executive vice presidents, vice presidents and associate vice presidents.
“I think we put the vice presidents on the table,” Regent Don Chalmers said. “I think, to show good leadership, we need to put executive salaries on the table.” (more…)
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NC State Strategic Plan Draft posted

The NC State draft strategic plan is now available for campus review. A pdf version of the document is attached to this e-mail and the document may also be accessed at http://info.ncsu.edu/strategic-planning/draft-plan/.

We welcome and encourage your comments and advice on the draft strategic  plan – please use the form available on the strategic planning website at http://info.ncsu.edu/strategic-planning/feedback/. Please provide constructive feedback to help us improve the document.  All comments received by 3/25/11 will be considered.

After this plan has been approved, we will establish clear targets for each measure of accountability so that we can monitor our progress toward its implementation.  We will set those targets in light of past trends, best practices, and comparisons with our peers.

Thank you for your continued involvement in the strategic planning process.

Sincerely,

Provost Warwick Arden and Dr. Margery Overton
Co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee

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One of the Ten “Best Values” in higher education!

NC State ranks #9 on this year’s Best Value list, based on a number of factors, including cost of attendance, financial aid availability, and academic quality.

www.suite101.com

On February 22, 2011, the Princeton Review and USA Today published the list of Best Value Public Schools and Best Value Private Schools.
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Higher Education Job Openings and Employment Surge in 2010

With the all the concerns over budget issues throughout higher education, I was surprised to read the report on job openings.  Apparently we’re having a boom!

Advertised job openings in higher education surged 44.4 percent in 2010 compared to a decline of 27.2 percent in 2009, according to the newly released Higher Education Employment Report from HigherEdJobs.

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UNC President comments on budget proposal

UNC President Tom Ross today issued the following statement on Governor Beverly Perdue’s proposed 2011-13 state budget:

Given the economic climate and the size of the projected revenue shortfall, Governor Perdue had to make some very difficult decisions in order to balance her proposed state budget.  All of us in the University appreciate the challenges she faced and are grateful that she identifies potential ways to avoid even more severe cuts that certainly would cause permanent damage to our institutions. We are particularly thankful that she recognizes the critical importance of our enrollment growth funding and need-based financial aid, although those needs would be only partially met, as well as operating reserves for new buildings.  In addition, revenues from tuition increases would stay on the campuses to provide more need-based financial aid and help reduce the impact of proposed budget cuts.

As our state struggles to work its way out of this recession, affordable access to higher education has never been more important to North Carolina’s economic recovery and long-term competitiveness.  That’s why I am deeply concerned that additional cuts of the magnitude proposed would place academic programs across the University in jeopardy and require the loss of more than 1,500 jobs.  With fewer faculty, staff, and course sections, many more students would not be able to obtain the courses and academic services they need to graduate on time.  (more…)

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An American leader and Wolfpack grad!

Gen. Ray Odierno to NC State grads: Greatness is discovered in goodness, service & character. http://bit.ly/f65KF9

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Consolidate & Privatize State Agencies

That’s only one recommendation from NC Governor Bev Perdue.  The others:

Eliminate, Review, Freeze.

Take a look.  http://www.governor.state.nc.us/SetGovStraight/default.html

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Wal-Mart customer shoves 100 year old greeter; Just what is this world coming to?

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 29) — A 100-year-old greeter at a Milwaukee Walmart was shoved by a customer after the centenarian tried to stop the woman to determine if she’d paid for items that were in the lower part of her shopping cart, police said Monday.

Greeter Lois Speelman fell down and went to a hospital after she was shoved on Sunday.

“I’m bruised a little, but I’m able to go back to work Thursday,” Speelman told The Associated Press from her home on Monday.

Speelman declined to answer further questions, saying she didn’t want to lose her job and the investigation wasn’t over. A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman didn’t have more details but said that Speelman’s health was the company’s primary concern.

“Most importantly, our associate is doing OK and we’re grateful for that. The actions of this individual are appalling and we appreciate the work of police in this case,” spokeswoman Ashley Hardie said.

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North Carolina tuition update

Trustees at two North Carolina universities have approved tuition increases for next fall to help cover as much as a 15 percent reduction in state funding. North Carolina State University trustees approved a 6.2 percent increase and North Carolina A&T approved a 6.5 percent increase on Friday. State university system policy limits tuition increases to 6.5 percent and the increases still must be approved by the UNC board of governors. The increase would push N.C. State’s in-state undergraduate tuition to more than $5,100 dollars and A&T’s to $4,500. Out-of-state and graduate students would pay more. Education officials say they don’t expect the tuition increases to completely cover the anticipated state funding cuts. Increases also were approved recently at Chapel Hill and Greensboro.(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 11/20/10).

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Sturgeon City awards just keep rolling in!

North Carolina State University is the recipient of the 2010 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award for the Riverworks at Sturgeon City Project, a broad-based, community/ university partnership that transformed the once devastated Wilson Bay on the New River in Jacksonville, NC, into a national model of environmental restoration and education.

The national recognition was presented Nov. 14 at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The award, supported by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, includes $20,000 and a trophy.

Dr. Jay Levine, a professor of epidemiology and public health in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, helped spearhead the innovative project. His efforts involved bringing together numerous local stakeholders from government, education, business, and non-profit organizations; incorporating CVM and other NC State resources; integrating basic and applied research; and combining environmental principles with community design and economic development.

Photo of C. Peter Magrath Award ceremony

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