"Everything we are looking at affects students and employees and I think everybody involved with the process is trying to come up with solutions that affect the least amount of people," said Sue Goetschius, AU director of communications.
According to Goetschius
, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faces the elimination of its German program and the reduction of its French program from a major to a minor and the Inamori School of Engineering
faces the elimination of its electrical engineering program.
The elimination of the ski team, the AU
National Merit Scholarship Program, multiple Student Affairs jobs, and the closing of one of the off-campus Pine Hill Suites dormitories is also being considered, she
is careful to point out that nothing has been decided yet.
said the AU Strategic Planning Council - a group of educational division heads, interim Provost Bill Hall, and two student representatives - sophomore Ana Gauthier and Student Senate President Amos Mainville - are reviewing the proposed cuts and will submit recommendations to Hall by Jan. 11, 2010.
Edmondson will receive a final version from the council by Jan. 22.
"These are only proposals at this point.
There have been no decisions made at this time and the review process will be taken seriously," said Goetschius
has also been prompted to consider the cuts because of U.S. Census information that estimates New York state will experience an 18.5-percent decrease in high school graduates by the 2019-20 academic year.
Goetschius said there is currently one full-time German professor and two part-time French professors.
The Pine Hill Suites hold 10 apartment style dorms that house roughly 40-42 students.
In addition to the above, Goetschius
is considering revisions to its health care policy that would require faculty members - those starting in the mid 1990s or prior - that do not pay any of their premiums to contribute a portion of their premiums.
pays all of the premiums for this group.
had about a $54 million budget in the 2009-10 academic year, $21 million of which was designated to student financial aid, according to Edmondson.
said 2,129 students were enrolled as full-time equivalents when fall census data was compiled.