In response to a request from the State legislature, the University System of Georgia is preparing a summary of $300 million in budget reductions for the next academic year. This $300 million reduction is in addition to the $264 million that has already been cut in the Governor's proposed budget. In yesterday's meeting with the joint House-Senate Budget Committee, Chancellor Davis described the magnitude of a reduction of a $385 million cut as equivalent to cutting "the entire budget for 23 of the state's 35 universities." In total we are looking at reductions of $633 million over the last two years.
Our valued professors in Georgia are already paid some of the lowest salaries in the United States. Further cuts could include additional furloughs, layoffs, and substantially reduced salaries which would have a direct negative impact on our education.
As students in the USG we could see the following effects from these drastic budget reductions:
-Operating expenses would be reduced roughly 10% at every College or University in Georgia
-Tuition could rise 77%
-Some majors could be eliminated
-As a result of class cuts, it would take much longer to graduate
Remember, these budget cuts have just been proposed and not yet enacted. We still have time to combat these changes!