As of April 7, the estimated amount of state funding that Metro State stands to lose is $32.4 million.
As introduced, the Long Bill, which is the overall state budget bill
that is sent to the governor, would mean a $32.4 million reduction in
Metro State’s budget for fiscal year 2009-10. This equates to a 65
percent decrease in the funding appropriated for the College last year.
President Stephen Jordan, the College’s trustees, and alumni and
foundation board members are working to educate legislators on the
impact that a reduction of this size would mean. The Capstone Group,
Metro State’s lobbyist, is meeting with legislators and distributing an
impact statement to them. Some figures from that impact statement are
included in a ColoradoSenateNews.com e-Alert sent April 7.
(ColoradoSenateNews.com is an online publication of the Colorado Senate
Minority Office). The article, “Senate GOP: Deep cuts to higher ed
unacceptable” reports that GOP senators are asking their colleagues to
re-examine the entire budget. (To read, go to http://www.coloradosenatenews.com/content/view/995/26/.)
In addition, Jordan and the presidents of the other state colleges
and universities will be meeting with Gov. Ritter the afternoon of
April 13. And Jordan is meeting with the Faculty Senate today during
the regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. in TIV 320.
The impact on Metro State
To put the impact of such a
massive reduction in perspective, not since 1978-79 has Metro State
been funded at such a low level. If the $32.4 million stands, the
College would receive $1,085 per student; 30 years ago, the per-student
funding was $1,160. Last year, the College received $2,900 per student.
Obviously, such a drastic cut requires that the College’s leaders
look at numerous options as ways to handle the reduction. Jordan and
the College administration are in ongoing discussions and devising
various models using different combinations of those options.
“The Tier I, II and III cuts I announced earlier are foregone
conclusions unless the Tier II and III reductions can be offset by
one-time appropriations that the legislature might find,” Jordan says.
“So now we’re looking at additional alternatives such as capping
enrollment, increasing tuition, and/or reductions in academic and
“However, please keep in mind that nothing is set in stone yet as
far as the legislation goes,” Jordan continues. “There will continue to
be battles in the legislature for the next two to three weeks. In the
meantime, we must go forward with planning how the College can meet its
fiscal responsibility, while still serving as many students as
For more information or to submit questions or comments about the budget crisis, go to www.mscd.edu/president/higheredfunding.
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