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Title: BUDGET CUTS


1
BUDGET CUTS!!!!
2
ASTRONOMICAL CUTS
  • Because state was in debt, in 2007 higher
    education was cut
  • 143.7 million dollars cut to all state colleges,
    almost 10 of total from the previous year!

3
What about TCNJ?
  • 8.1 Million Cut
  • 3.1 million cut to base appropriation
  • 3.5 million cut from salary increases (state
    refused to pay, so the college paid for this)
  • 1.5 cut to OSRP

4
What is OSRP?
  • The Outstanding Scholar Recruitment Program is
    set up as a totally merit based system on a scale
    depending solely on High School GPA and SAT
    scores. This program was used to recruit students
    with high GPAs and SAT scores.
  • Funding for this years freshman class taken out
    of reserves

5
Cuts follow trend in NJ
  • Public Higher education has faced significant and
    increasing cuts for the last 6 years
  • 15 years ago, the state funded 60 of
    college/university costs
  • Now, the state funds around 20
  • This is a 2/3 drop!!!!!

6
But why do we get cut all the time?
  • Legislators have told us personally that as long
    as college students apathy keeps them from
    voting or voicing their outrage, higher education
    will continue to get cut because its easy.

7
How did TCNJ react?
8
Will we still be the HOT college?
  • 46 staff positions held vacant, leading to staff
    being highly overworked
  • No salary increases for senior management
  • No new computers for this year4 year replacement
    program for computers put off for this year

9
Will we still be one of the 20th most beautiful
campuses in the nation?
  • Construction cuts
  • 400,000 cut from maintenance projects
  • Delays in building upgrades
  • No new smart classrooms
  • 500,000 cut from IT (information technology)

10
Will we still be the ranked 6th in the category
of happiest students?
  • Communal bathrooms no longer get toilet paper,
    light bulbs, or trash bags.
  • ResLife employees got a reduction in meal plan
  • Office hours between 4-8 cut
  • PAs cut as well as multiple grad positions

11
100,000 cut to transportation
  • Restructuring of civic engagement program
  • I feel as though we did not get as much out of
    the civic engagement program compared with what I
    heard from students who participated in previous
    years. I had to walk to the Bonner Center every
    Wednesday and did not feel as though I had an
    impact on the greater community, since my project
    only focused on the TCNJ campus. - Stacey
    Hagan, Class of 2010

12
How did this effect academics?
  • Larger class sizes
  • More adjunct professors
  • Harder to recruit and retain good
    faculty.(Positions have not been filled, have
    been phased out and or just eliminated. Also, the
    state has eliminated reimbursements for benefits)

13
How did this effect athletics?
  • 100,000 taken from athletics dept
  • Golf and Cheerleading cut
  • A former varsity team member expressed his
    discontent at one of our meetings - John Gould

14
Tuition increases
  • 8 increase overall
  • I recall seeing figures lower than 20000 per
    year for expected costs when I first started
    researching information on TCNJ about a year or
    so ago. I was really surprised to see my tuition
    raise to a figure that was thousands of dollars
    more than what I had originally expected. -
    Nick Magou, Class of 2010

15
Brain Drain
16
  • Our state stresses K-12 aid

Higher education
School aid
17
Our smart kids!
  • New Jersey 8th graders are the top performers in
    the nation in national assessments in math and
    reading
  • High Schoolers take and score well on AP tests
  • NJ 3.25 avg. vs. national 2.89
  • NJ has some of the highest qualified educators
  • NJ has the highest enrollment of students
    eligible for college by the age of 19

18
State Facts
  • More of our kids graduate high school only 12
    in NJ dont vs. 13.6 for the nation
  • Were a rich state Our economic index is 75.1
    compared to national mean of 60.32
  • Economic Index- is the extent to which a state
    participates in knowledge based industries

19
Were losing our smart kids ?
  • Net higher education migration of -26,992
  • Avg public 4 year institution tuition 9,282 in
    NJ
  • National mean is 5,836 This is a 62.87
    difference!
  • For every 1000 of personal income, NJ spends 5
    on higher education appropriations
  • National average is 7

20
Comparing Public State School Tuition
  • Georgia 3,913 ( resident with B avg. free)
  • California4,560
  • Florida3,336
  • North Carolina4,063
  • New York5,046
  • NJ has the 3rd highest Average tuition. 9,298
  • TCNJ 10,553
  • ( collegeboard.com)

21
Brain Drain
  • If you go to college in the state you will most
    likely work in the state economic growth
  • 80 TCNJ class of 2005 that was employed were
    employed in New Jersey
  • In 2005- 22,987 AP scores were sent out of the
    state by NJ students
  • Only 10,415 AP scores remained in NJ
  • The average score leaving 3.42
  • The average score staying in NJ 3.01

22
15 million students in undergrad
  • 79 - public
  • 21- private

23
OSRP
  • Cut of the Outstanding Scholar Recruitment
  • Will send New Jerseys Best and brightest out of
    the state
  • The college is taking the 1.5 million from
    reserve to fund this years freshman
  • THIS WILL HELP THE VALUE OF YOUR DEGREE!!
  • Helped our avg. SAT get so high

24
Why OSRP is important!
  • OSRP has increased the number of top scholars
    enrolling in New Jersey colleges and universities
    by almost 50.
  • Almost 80 of TCNJs OSRP graduates are employed
    in New Jersey, and 94 reside in the state.
  • 98 of OSRP students cited the merit program as a
    primary reason for choosing their college

25
How NJ measured up in 2006-7 fiscal year
  • Total state general-fund appropriations for
    higher education went up by 7 percent, to
    72.18-billion
  • 14 states experienced double-digit increases in
    their appropriations for higher education
  • 28 states increased appropriations for higher
    education by at least 5 percent for 2006-7.
  • 38 adopted increases substantially above the rate
    of inflation
  • only two states, Montana and New Jersey, cut
    spending

26
Whats happening now
  • Governor proposed a state budget to the
    legislature which has a slight increase in higher
    education funding
  • Since the college faced significant cuts for
    the last 6 years, small increases take us nowhere
    near where we should be compared to other states.

27
What are the Numbers?
  • Though Corzine increased higher education by
    49.3, he cut more than 169 million last year
  • College will receive 1.6 Million
  • This increase is basically adjusting the previous
    cut to inflation

28
So what now?
  • Budget is now being discussed by the legislature,
    who will decide the final amount that higher
    education and TCNJ will receive.
  • This is the time where popular influence will
    sway the numbers in the budget.

29
Well, What Can I Do???
30
VOTE!!!
31
How To Vote?
  • Fill out a Registration Form and Mail to your
    County Legislative Office
  • If you live far away, Apply for an Absentee
    Ballot and Mail it before election day
  • Go to Polling Booths on Election Day
  • Find out which Candidates Support Higher
    Education before casting Your Decision

32
Why Should I Vote?
  • So that Legislators take College Students
    seriously
  • Our opinions will Actually make a Difference
  • It will make legislators Think Twice before
    considering Future Budget-Cuts
  • It is your Obligation as an American Citizen

33
SPEAK OUT!!!
34
Come To Legislator Meetings
  • SGA has been regularly meeting with NJ
    Legislators to project Student Views and concerns
    for TCNJ
  • Few state colleges do this, and legislators are
    always impressed with our initiatives
  • Legislators want to see more students voice their
    opinions

35
Who We Have Influenced
  • SGA has met with over 15 legislators and state
    officials from both the Assembly and the State
    Senate in personal settings to discuss the
    effects of the cuts on TCNJ and Higher education

36
Upcoming Meetings
  • Assemblyman Voss
  • March 22nd
  • Perth Amboy office at 9 AM
  • Find out more upcoming meetings by checking the
    SGA website or emailing Strom2_at_tcnj.edu

37
Email Legislators
  • Use the New Jersey Legislature roster to find out
    which legislator is in from your district and
    then either email or call them to voice your
    concerns about higher education.

38
PETITION!!!
Anthony Spenelli
Sana Fathima
Flamour Rama
Dan Scapardine
Billy Plastine
Steve Viola
Dan Beckelman
Michela Fiaschi
Michael Strom
Jason Schramm
39
Sign A Petition
  • Sign a yellow Card saying You Support Higher
    Education
  • Sign the Written Petition
  • These will all be sent to the State Capitol for
    State Officials to see

40
GET YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN A PETITION!!!!
  • Take one of the Petition handouts and get all
    your friends and floor mates to sign
  • Once enough petitions have been returned to the
    SGA cube we will mail them to the State House.

41
RALLY!!!
42
Actively Rally
  • Leave your Name and Email on the Rally Report
  • Be a part of the campus Organized March outside
    the State Capitol set currently for Thursday, May
    3rd
  • State Colleges all over NJ will be invited to
    this TCNJ led effort
  • Tell All Your Friends and Colleagues

43
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