University of West Florida Budget Cuts<br />Key Elements<br />I. (Show transparency of the university’s recent budget cuts.) As you all may have <br /> noticed tuition has gone up for the students of the University of <br />West Florida for the 2009/10 fiscal year due to budget cuts. <br />PurposeA. Today I am going to expain why these cuts have been made by legislation. <br />B. Also how they have and will continue to affect the state of the university. <br />Credibility C. As a senior at the university I have taken a personal interest in these recent <br />changes. <br />1. Last semester I attended the State of the University Address speech <br />given by President Judy Bense. <br />2. I also had the opportunity to interview the president regarding issues <br />surrounding the budget cuts. <br />Purpose:D. Today I am going to talk to you about how the economic conditions have <br />caused the cuts made to the institution, how the administration has responded to <br />the loss of funds, and how these changes affect the students of the university. <br />1st Main Pt.II. There are three primary economic factors contributing to the state’s lack of <br />funds for support of higher educational institutions. <br /><ul><li>A. One factor is the increase in the unemployment rate for the state of Florida.
B. Another reason is the continued decline in the state’s revenue sources.
C. Florida has also become a no-growth state. </li></ul>TestimonialD. The president said, “According to the trends things are going to get worse <br />before they get better.” <br />Transparency E. For all of these reasons the state has failed to generate a significant amount of <br />taxes to offer the amount of financial support to the university it has in previous <br /> years.<br />TransitionNow that you understand why the cuts were made I am going to talk about the <br /> actions taken by UWF’s administration in response to the loss of funds .<br />2nd Main Pt.<br />III. In order to plug the budget cuts from 9 percent to 7 percent the university had <br /> to make some hard adjustments.<br />A. One of these adjustments was to downsize the staff by laying off 26 members. <br />B. Another measure to plug the budget was raising tuition for undergraduates by 7 <br />percent. <br />C. Funding was also pulled from the following student services: <br />1. Student support was reduced by 6.75 percent. <br />2. Academic support suffered a 6.5 percent reduction. <br />3. Public resources were decreased by 8 percent. <br />TestimonialD. The university received $4.5 million in nonrecurring federal stimulus money <br />which aided in plugging the budget cuts from 12 percent to 7 percent for the <br />2009/10 fiscal year. <br />Transparency E. The president mentioned in a press release that the tuition differential would <br />only be enough to cover the loss of federal stimulus money next year. <br />TransitionF. So what does all of this mean for the students of UWF?<br />3rd Main Pt.<br />IV. These changes have brought about some negative and positive ramifications for students. <br />A. Amanda Clonts, president of the Student Government Association, said the <br />administration has already considered the possibility of increasing tuition by <br />another 6 percent for the 2010/11 fiscal year.<br />B. The operation hours for the SAIL Lab, HLS Facility, and library have been <br />restricted. <br />C. However, UWF is becoming more widely recognized throughout the region <br />due to visibility campaigns launched by the university to recruit more students <br />and generate more revenue. <br />1. Great Futures<br />2. Summer Online<br />3. Athletics<br />D. As a result the student population has grown by 6.9 percent.<br />E. In spite of the financial hardships this year, UWF has still managed to make <br />drastic improvements to the campus while providing new and innovative learning <br />opportunities for current and prospective students. <br />1. $15 million to UWF’s portion of the Maritime Museum.<br />2. $15 million to the construction of Heritage Hall.<br />3. A brand new state of the art School of Science & Engineering<br />Conclusion:<br />V. By now you should have a clear understanding of why the university<br /> experienced budget cuts, how the university responded, and how students have <br />been affected by them. <br />SummaryA. I have explained that the cuts in funding were implemented by state legislation<br />as a direct result of the economy.<br />B. I have pointed out how the university responded by raising tuition, <br />administering layoffs, and cutting student services.<br />C. I have also covered the positive and negative aspects of these changes what <br />they mean for students. <br />Transparency D. I hope this has provided you with a brief overview of the state of the <br />university’s finances and offered some useful insight as to what you can expect in <br />the near future.<br />