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December 23, 2013

Higher ed cuts leave unknowns at Southern Indiana schools

Regional campuses unsure of impact of Pence's plan

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Gov. Pence's call for 2 percent budget cuts statewide in higher education for 2014 has left regional Indiana University and Ivy Tech campuses uncertain about next year’s revenues.

At IU Southeast and Ivy Tech Community College of Southern Indiana, officials overseeing the distribution of the cuts only have estimates of what they can expect for next year’s budgets.

Mark Land, associate vice president of public affairs and government relations for Indiana University, said he expects a total impact of about $10 million in the upcoming fiscal year, but it’s still too early to know which line items that hit will impact.

“While the cuts represent a significant amount of money, the university is adept at controlling expense while still delivering first-rate educational services for our students and we will use that experience to help us handle this reduction in funding,” Land said in an email.

He said it’s going to present a challenge to the university because it’s already planned its budget with the expectation of receiving the full appropriation of $470 million.

Ivy Tech in Sellersburg is still working on calculating the hit. Jenny Eggenspiller, assistant director of communications, said the school hopes to have solid numbers in the beginning of the new year.

“Right now, the college is still assessing things and we don’t have specific details on the impact,” Eggenspiller said. “Certain any cut is not ideal, but we will be working with Ivy Tech state leadership throughout the process and should have a better idea of the impact in the first quarter of 2014.”

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