October 19, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 33
In a letter to students, faculty and staff members sent Oct. 13, Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas outlined the University’s 6-percent holdback plan ordered for higher education on Sept. 25 by Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter.
Vailas said he maintained the principles and strategies he first outlined at an open forum held at Idaho State University on Sept. 28.
The letter states:
“Our proposal will have minimal impact on personnel and preserve faculty and programs essential to students and the timely completion of their degree programs and studies.
“In discussions with a special budget consultation committee representing faculty, staff and students, Idaho State University has submitted a proposal to meet the $3,948,000-budget reduction. The proposal includes using $1.1 million collected from our historic enrollment increases, and $2,848,000 in personnel and operating expense reductions, and planned provisions.
“In meeting this particular holdback, we anticipate minimal reductions in force and no furloughs.
“Consistent with philosophies outlined during the forum held Sept. 28, three guiding principles drove the council's recommendation and my endorsement. Firstly, we have been able to maintain and even improve student services, safety and access to classes. Secondly, we have kept our commitment to preserve all faculty. Thirdly, we have protected revenue-generating operations, including research programs, fundraising efforts and, most importantly, recruitment and retention efforts.
“While difficulties still lie ahead, I am optimistic and confident in our collective ability to meet these challenges. The faculty, staff and student representatives serving as special budget council members are dedicated individuals who are helping to make challenging decisions that, I believe, will ultimately make Idaho State University a stronger institution. I greatly appreciate our working together as a university community to persevere through the struggles of the most difficult financial times any of us has likely faced.”