From the Chancellor

A fall enrollment and budget update

By THOMAS L. KEON

Over the past week, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ralph Rogers and I have been meeting with leaders of the Faculty Senate, other faculty members, deans and department heads to discuss projected fall 2013 enrollment, its impact on our projected budget, and options that are likely to affect faculty and staff.

Today, we begin regular updates, which will continue into the fall semester, intended to inform the campus community of ongoing developments. Please continue to watch for updates.

Currently:

  • Credit hour enrollment continues to decline.
  • Comparing current fall 2013 credit hour enrollment to that of fall 2012 at this time last year, Purdue Calumet projects a 7 percent decrease.
  • The credit hour decline is primarily among General Education courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LASS credit hour decline is 12%). We believe the growing popularity of dual credit classes taught in high schools is affecting enrollment in our general education courses.
  • Our current budget projections indicate a $3 million revenue shortfall for Fall 2013. To address this shortfall, the administration anticipates the need to reduce our budget by $3 million split between instructional and non-instructional areas.
  • We are weighing and assessing our options. These options could include possible staff reductions in faculty and staff across campus, as well as reductions of other administrative costs.
  • We announced to the campus July 25, 2013 a targeted retirement incentive plan available through Aug. 11, 2013, to better align staffing and student needs.
    • The offer is available to tenured faculty, clinical faculty and continuing lecturers on continuing contracts with emphasis in targeted academic areas of:
      • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
      • Dept. of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics,
      • Dept. of Chemistry and Physics;
      • Dept. of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership
      • Salary and benefit savings from faculty accepting the targeted retirement offer will allow the university to respond more appropriately to changing, current enrollment needs.


Sincerely,

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Thomas L. Keon
Chancellor