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Middle Tennessee State University 2008 Budget Cut Impact Study Submitted by Dr Alfred Lutz MTSU Faculty Senate President 2008 2009 October 3 2008 Contact information Dr Alfred Lutz Office of the Faculty Senate JUB 100 MTSU P O Box 621 Murfreesboro TN 37132 alutz mtsu edu 615 898 2655 Summary On September 11 2008 the MTSU Faculty Senate distributed to the entire faculty a document entitled Budget Cut Impact Feedback in an effort to assess the impact on the work of MTSU faculty members of the 6 1 reduction in state appropriations for fiscal year 2008 2009 MTSU faculty members were asked to respond to the following question If the recent budget cuts have affected your work in any way would you please be so kind as to send the Faculty Senate preferably by October 1 a brief description of those effects The Faculty Senate received 81 responses from both individual faculty members addressing primarily though not exclusively their own situations as well as from department chairs program and support center directors and leaders of other campus units speaking for larger groups of faculty members and staff This survey thus represents the views of a representative segment of the MTSU faculty Most respondents all except two are convinced that the budget cuts are having a negative impact on both their own work their teaching their research and in several cases their service and the proper functioning of their department or unit 2 Table of Contents Introduction 4 Major Concerns 5 Travel Budgets 5 Technology 6 Technology Required for Research Purposes 6 Technology Needed for Instructional or Pedagogical Purposes 6 Faculty and Staff Positions 6 Other Concerns 7 Program Development 7 Recruiting 7 Supplies 7 Reassigned Time 8 Related Concerns 8 Conclusion 8 Acknowledgments 9 3 Introduction This report is an attempt to assess the impact of the 6 1 reduction in state appropriations for fiscal year 2008 2009 on the work performed by the MTSU faculty Although the faculty feedback covered



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