3.2.09

[recession for academic quality]

Usually, when facing a financial crunch, businesses need to make cuts and borrow money to keep afloat. Arizona State University has come up with a rather different method; force staff to take up to 15 days unpaid from work:

"All 12,000 Arizona State University employees will be required to take 10 to 15 days off without pay before July to meet budget cuts required by the state Legislature, the university announced Wednesday.

The mandate includes top administrators, varsity coaches, faculty, office and maintenance workers, but the unpaid leave, or furloughs, will be staggered. ASU will remain open and classes will meet.

"I want to assure all of you that ASU is committed to continuing to deliver all our academic programs to our students, to not reducing academic quality and to maintaining our university student financial aid programs," Crow said.

Top University officials, including President Michael Crow, vice presidents and deans, will take 15 days without pay.

• Faculty and other academic professionals will take up to 12 days off, excluding any day they are expected to teach.

• Other employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, will be required to take 10 days unpaid leave.

Employees were encouraged to stagger their days off to soften the blow. Salary loss for these employees will be equivalent to 8 to 12 percent of the pay they would have received until June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

ASU expects to save $24 million from the furloughs. Lawmakers are still debating the size of budget cuts that ASU and other state universities will be expected to make."



Via Scott Rettberg's facebook post.





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