|President Rodney Mabry (right) with Dr.Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs, inside the new addition to the University Center.
We sometimes face various challenges
in higher education – funding, curriculum
and facilities. A downturn in the
economy isn’t usually an overall
challenge for us because, as the saying
goes, “when the economy is down,
enrollment is up.”
That’s true unless the economy touches
all aspects of our institution, including
Even though we still have the most
affordable tuition in the region, other
factors hinder students from proving
that old saying to be true. Enrollment is
even with last year because students
haven’t been able to afford the fuel costs
along with tuition and housing. As a
result, we did not get full revenue for
which we’d budgeted expenditures.
UT Tyler also faces other budget cuts
from the state, our major source of
funding. The state must address the
damage to Galveston and elsewhere
from Hurricane Ike, and the cost of
that damage exceeds the surplus money
in the Texas budget.
Finally, our investment portfolio is
down in value – as is everyone else’s. We
depend on those revenues for scholarship
dollars and faculty salary money.
We also rely heavily on the income
dollars, which are down hundreds of
thousands, we get from the intermediate term
fund at the University of Texas
Investment Management Company
While UT Tyler is in good shape with our
reserves, we’re dealing with this in a
proactive and positive manner by utilizing
contingency plans for cutting back, yet
still offering the very best in teaching,
facilities and academic opportunities.
Together we – administration, deans
and faculty – are re-examining current
and future expenditures to generate
improved spending guidelines and
UT Tyler’s teaching and research
functions—our core functions—will
always be our priority, along with
taking care of our University family.
The silver lining here is that we get to
use these challenges as incentives to
become an even stronger institution.
This is an opportunity to reflect on our
processes and activities and learn how
to do the important things more
efficiently—and get our resources
allocated more effectively.
We’ll weather this storm, and the sun
will shine again.
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