Colleges and universities in Georgia and across the nation are making similar cuts.
Early estimates by the system show the plan would save the system about $40 million in state funds, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The system needs to cut about $361 million to meet the state’s 14% budget cut requirement.
Wrigley said in a letter Friday that layoffs and furloughs may be necessary to meet the budget gap.
“We don’t really have a choice,” Wrigley told Board of Regents members during a conference call Thursday. “We want to be strategic. We want to be fair.”
The furloughs are the latest major fiscal decision made by the board as a result of the pandemic. The board voted last month not to increase tuition for any of the system's colleges and universities.
University of North Georgia assistant English professor Matthew Boedy, conference president of Georgia’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors, called Thursday’s decision “the least painful option in these perilous times.”
“I appreciate the chancellor softening the blow as much as he could to the large majority of USG employees, those he noted make under $99,000,” Boedy told the AJC.
The United Campus Workers of Georgia on Wednesday said if there are furloughs that higher-paid employees should be more greatly impacted. They recommended no furloughs for workers making less than $65,000 annually.
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