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YSU plans cuts to address deficit

Published: Thu, September 26, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Denise Dick



To address a $6.5 million deficit, Youngstown State University trustees authorized cost-cutting measures including reductions in expenses, voluntary furloughs and vacation-day reductions, layoffs, delaying technology purchases and energy savings.

About half of the deficit is due to a loss of revenue from the enrollment drop, said President Randy J. Dunn. The remainder is from a loss of state support and the need to fill vacancies that had gone unfilled for the last few years.

Dunn said the projected savings in each category will be announced later this week.

This fall marks the third-consecutive year of declining enrollment. Last year’s enrollment was 13,825 students, and this year, there are 13,395 — about a 3.1 percent drop. Each 1 percent equals about $1 million in revenue.

Trustees approved a resolution authorizing cost-cutting measures Wednesday.

The largest savings, however, will be in reductions in current and future operating expenses, he said.

The layoffs, if necessary, won’t be more than the equivalent of eight full-time employees from the Association of Classified Employees and Association of Professional and Administrative Staff unions, and one or two administrative- exempt employees. No faculty members are expected to be affected.

Trustee James Greene said at a Finance and Facilities Committee meeting that the reductions aren’t to be taken lightly.

“We’re changing lives here for a while,” he said. “The next couple of years are going to be tough.”

Dunn said that the last time the university asked for voluntary furloughs or vacations two years ago, it got a decent response, and he’s hoping for a similar response this time.

“This is not a forced situation,” he said.

University officials will review actual versus budgeted expenses regularly throughout the year to determine if the cost-saving measures have achieved what they hoped.

“If we’re not seeing what we need to see, we’ll have to look at it again,” Dunn said.


1willinnyny(116 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Looks bad for YSU.

What prospective student would want to enroll into a school that looks like it is "closing down."

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2southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

education is not a top priority today....

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(616 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What cut is Mr. Dunn willing to take to his salary, housing or car allowance??

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4NoBS(2698 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The vindy says: "This fall marks the third-consecutive year of declining enrollment."

This fall ALSO marks the third consecutive year of declining state support of state universities. Somehow that bit of info was glossed over.

Why don't the YSU Trustees do without a few of their perks, since the university is experiencing a loss of revenue? The campus already looks shabby and uninviting because there's nobody left to keep things maintained. Laying off more will just exacerbate the situation, and the more unappealing the appearance, the less likely enrollment will rise.

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5DwightK(1531 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

How can we have high unemployment and low enrollment in the very place that makes people more employable?! Parents, get your little darlings off the couch and tell them they need some education if they are going to earn more than minimum wage.

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6walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

You are 100% again. If not higher education, you will need to learn some skill if you want to earn more than minimum wage or be a leech on the govt., a.k.a., the people. Those that fail to plan, plan to fail! Why can't the lottery profits be redirected to student financial aid for a state university or community college instead of the trickery that they use to give it to Ohio govt-run schools?

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