Committee Unveils Potential Cost Savings For ECU Academic Reorganization

A report from a committee appointed by ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard says the university could save as much as $3.8 million annually by reorganizing its academic structure.

The report outlines four possible scenarios which include implementing no change to dismantling up to three existing colleges: the College of Human Ecology, the College of Health and Human Performance and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The programs currently grouped within those colleges would be assigned to other units.

Cuts to administrative spending would produce the most savings, including eliminating deans, chairs or directors, and a reduction of fixed-term faculty is also proposed.

The scenarios were released Friday as ECU works through a 16.1 percent budget cut in state funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year following four consecutive years of state budget cuts.

A series of forums will be held beginning April 9. The committee hopes to recommend one scenario to the chancellor by April 30.

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