AASU to Implement Budget Reduction Plan

(August 12, 2009) Armstrong Atlantic State University faces a $2.53 million budget reduction for fiscal year 2010 as part of system-wide plan by the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia to cut $115 million overall.

As a part of this reduction, AASU will implement six mandatory furlough days for all employees, with the exception of those earning less than $23,660 annually. AASU officials will discuss with faculty and staff the timing and manner in which the furloughs will be implemented for the remainder of fiscal year 2010. No classes will be cancelled because of the furloughs, and employee retirement plans will not be affected.

The impact on AASU could also include the elimination of some positions on the campus. Priority will be placed on identifying and eliminating vacant positions and others that will result from attrition, mainly retirements and resignations. The merging of a limited number of departments may also be necessary.

"The guiding principle is to minimize the impact on teaching and learning so that we can continue to deliver the quality of education that our students and community have come to expect from Armstrong Atlantic State University," said AASU President Linda Bleicken.

"The AASU community will meet the challenge and get through these economic setbacks. Our focus must continue to be on providing the best possible education to our students."