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November 5, 2007
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Forum focuses on changing face of BGSU, Ohio higher education

Three BGSU administrators offered a glimpse at the University’s financial and academic future, and that of Ohio higher education in general, at an Oct. 30 forum in Olscamp Hall. Hosting the forum were Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Shirley Baugher and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

While there is still much uncertainty, given ongoing changes on campus and in Columbus, some specifics were presented:

University budget
Discussing BGSU’s $3 million budget deficit, Chief Financial Officer Sherideen Stoll said there will be no across-the-board cuts.

One-time and permanent reductions will be made, she said, pointing out that   University divisions have been identifying potential short- and long-term cuts, and should be putting them in draft form early this month. Some positions will be eliminated, but she doesn’t expect large-scale layoffs, Stoll added, saying she’s also investigating previously untapped revenue possibilities.

Balancing the budget by the end of the year will be doable “without too much difficulty,” she predicted.
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