ECU Institutes Hiring Freeze, Mulls Budget Reductions

East Carolina is one of many schools in our state that is being asked to make a budget reduction plan.

State officials say there could be cuts for next year of 15 to 20 percent.

According to Dr. Rick Niswander, the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, if that big of a cut did happen it would affect students and faculty.

Right now there is a hiring freeze at ECU except for critical positions, but with a bigger cut that could mean some employees contracts might not be renewed. That would mean bigger classroom sizes for students and maybe less class options that could make it harder to graduate on time.

Another option to deal with the financial difficulties would be to hike tuition. Board of Trustee members will take a look at that when they meet Friday.

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  • by ECU Mom Location: NC on Jan 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    To TruthBTold....hope you never have to be picked up by East Care and flown to PCMH. 98% of those caring and hard working medical specialists ,surgeons, nurses, etc... graduated from ECU and are extremely smart and competent. Bet if you needed their help then, you would be all smiles!! Go Pirates!
  • by here Location: here on Jan 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    More jobs going Bye-bye.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    The individuals that set the salaries are the ones that make the salaries. See any conflict of interest anyone.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    Top heavy salaries is the place to begin.
  • by World Location: Famous on Jan 13, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    For all of you who are preaching pay cuts, How about the little folks at ECU that go paycheck to paycheck? Another quesiton if i went to your place of buisness and told you "Hey were going to cut your salary" How would that make you feel. It starts at the top folks, dont forget that!
  • by Anon at 5:56... on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    This is exactly what people talk about in regards to efficiency. You have worked at ECU for 28 years, yet you can barely type a coherant sentence. How can you possibly be an effective written communicator or employee? I bet everyone in your department is confused....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Folks this is not rocket science. The salaries of all state management positions are out of control. But the fox is guarding the henhouse here. Lots of talk will not get it done. Action by the legislature. That will never happen. The airport manager (last one) is a great example of out of control, or lack of supervision. The college system is 1000 times more complex than the airport in Greenville. Self discipline, never will happen.
  • by jbp Location: Gville on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    To "who cares"- If you compare ECU to UNC or State, I'm sure ECU is more efficient. Compare ECU to a successful private business and I think ECU will lose on efficiency. To "saywha?"- I fully agree the State is the one with the power to cut salaries. The State is the one in trouble and the trouble is being passed along to others. I'm not blaming ECU, I'm frustrated with the system as it is.
  • by JF Location: NC on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Salaries at ECU are public information. As someone who's been around academia for a long time, ECU officials could never convince me that many department heads, for example, are well over $100K. There are college Presidents who don't get that kind of salary--especially in theatre. There should have been a salary cap a long time ago. If anyone believes that faculty are entitled to those kinds of grossly inflated salaries, then you DESERVE to fail. Same sentiment but a good one: In these economic times it is egregious and unforgiving to read the list of salaries to ECU faculty. No apologies, you deserve the plight you're in.
  • by Andy Nonomus on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Nope, had my fun there and retired. I just know that there were a lot of EPA and SPA jobs made just to give people raises. I also know that there are positions on campus that are nothing more than fluff or PR positions.
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