Geist13 wrote:http://www.uillinois.edu/our/news/2010/ ... rlough.cfm
How does this recent plan impact the law school? I know you said the law school "budget has very little state money in it", but this sounds to me like it applies to most employees of the university. Will the hiring freeze prevent the law school from following through on the plan to add faculty this year? I believe you when you say the law school is in "pretty good shape," but as a prospective student it is difficult not to be troubled by this news, especially when the University President admits that “At some point we will be unable to meet payroll and complete the academic year unless there are significant payments from the state as promised" (though that sounds a bit extreme).
I don't expect the furloughs to impact our students. It is basically a pay cut, it doesn't mean that I (or anyone else at the College) will do 4 days less work. The program put in place doesn't effect offers already made, so we still anticipate adding to our faculty this year.
This is politics. The day the University announced the furlough policy, the Governor announced that the University would start getting its funding in one month's time. The College is being aggressive in raising private dollars and in receiving federal grants. This is allowing us to not only maintain our programs for students, but adding programs. Uncertainty is always scary, but the College is still in a good position.