- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Budget cuts to cover a $4.65 million shortfall have been imposed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but they don’t include any reduction in academic offerings.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman told university workers in an email that the cuts were made effective Tuesday. They echo the proposals he released in March.

Among them are a point taken off a planned 3 percent increase to UNL’s salary pool next year, which will save $3.2 million. A supplemental salary program will be employed in January if the university experiences growth in enrollment, Perlman said, but he’s “reluctant to assume growth at this point.”

“If we do experience growth, these additional funds will be distributed strategically to advance the university,” he said in his email.

Other cuts include some funding for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ educational media unit and eliminating nonfaculty positions.

University spokesman Steve Smith said classes won’t be directly affected.

“There will be no programmatic cuts. In other words, there will be no academic cuts,” Smith told Lincoln television station KLKN.

University officials have said factors contributing to the deficit included a $2.2 million shortfall carried over from the previous fiscal year, $800,000 from a systemwide budget reallocation and $570,000 in new building maintenance and operation costs. Perlman also has said that UNL’s enrollment figures, which were flat this spring, did not alleviate the budget shortfall as planned.

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