- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana wants to hire two administrators to help draft a long-range budget approach and is holding campus-wide sessions to discuss spending as it deals with the lack of a state budget for the current fiscal year.

Those efforts are in addition to preparing for serious spending reductions in response to the impasse in Springfield, Interim Provost Edward Feser told The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1VQA4lK ). He said the campus is looking at “significant reforms” in its budgeting process.

“We’re trying to think about the problem as a long-run problem, not a short run,” Feser said at a Senate Executive Committee meeting Monday. “Our biggest challenge is adjusting to what’s likely to be a sustained reduction for the university.”

A search is underway to hire a vice provost for planning and budgeting, and Feser wants to hire a second administrator to work on budgeting issues, he said. Separately, the campus will hold three informational sessions over the next two weeks to talk about the budget, including the overall approach to budget planning and how the spending plan is organized.

Feser has asked departments and other academic units to prepare for three different budget scenarios including cuts of 3 percent, 5 percent and 7 percent. Administrative units were asked to prepare for cuts of 5 percent, 7 percent or 9 percent.

Last year, a Campus Budget Advisory Task Force was appointed to review campus budgeting and to prepare for possible reduced state funding.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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