Budget Fact Sheet
State Budget Cuts in
Current Fiscal Year (2008-09 FY)
> Gov. Mike Easley announced a 2% cut to current budgets for all state
agencies in September 2008, and an additional 2% cut in mid-October. For UNC
Asheville, this 4% cut to its current state budget totaled $1,365,000.
> Chancellor Anne Ponder has clearly affirmed the primacy of UNC Asheville's
core mission of teaching and learning as the basis for all decision-making,
including budget reduction decisions.
> UNC Asheville successfully managed the 4% cut by delaying filling most
vacant positions, and limiting travel and purchases of goods and services.
> On January 15, 2009, as the state's economic picture continued to worsen,
all state agencies were mandated to cut an additional 2% from their budgets,
for a total of 6% this year.
> At UNC Asheville, the additional 2% represents $682,500, bringing total
budget cuts this year to $2,047,500. In addition, the University of North
Carolina General Administration has asked that campuses reserve another 1%
in anticipation of future cuts this year, for a total of 7%.
> The additional 2% cut announced on January 15 will be implemented on
February 1, effectively eliminating 2% of the entire annual state budget
during the last five months of the fiscal year.
> Specific steps include:
-- Suspending the hiring of permanent employees in all
but the most critical situations
-- Reducing the number of temporary employees
-- Eliminating all travel and off-campus training
unless it is critical to the University's core
mission, or concerns public safety,
public health and emergencies
-- Eliminating all purchases unless they are critical
to the University's core mission; continue to
purchase supplies, equipment and
materials needed for classroom instruction
> Chancellor Ponder and senior administrators continue to work with
department and program leaders in their divisions to explore options for
January 26, 2009