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SMSU facing a $3.2M budget deficit

Admin. team, bargaining units looking at possible reduction and discontinuation options

January 30, 2014

MARSHALL — The next six weeks are going to be critical for Southwest Minnesota State University, as the institution looks for ways to address a $3.2 million projected deficit for fiscal year 2015....

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Feb-03-14 9:44 AM

DavidD, you hit the nail on the head. Hopefully Dr. Gores will soon realize that the network of "Danahar boys" will have to be eliminated or replaced. Most of those have received substantial increases in salary the past few years. As you've stated, it's time to clean house!

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Feb-01-14 4:19 PM

I am eager to see when the management team at SMSU will announce the areas in their own area for cuts. The budget shortfall cannot be attributed to President Gores, who just arrived, but her team is loaded with administrators who created this shortfall. It seems like it is time to clean house in Founders Hall.

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Feb-01-14 7:25 AM

It is administrations' job to lead, and because this is clearly case of poor leadership, the current administration needs their salaries cut to fix this problem. Only when student friendly solutions, and the university is back in the black should their salaries be renegotiated. I wonder how likely that will be.

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Feb-01-14 7:23 AM

If this were in the private sector, the deficit would be much bigger, handouts would be sought, those on the bottom would be laid off, and corporate "planning sessions" as well as bonuses would continue on as normal.

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Jan-31-14 8:22 PM

Commonman, did you know that many of the professors are still paying off their student loans from earning their PhDs? The vast majority of them are not earning the high salary you think they are. It's public information, so go look it up.

You can also look up the salaries of administrators. THAT is what will shock you.

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Jan-31-14 8:19 PM

Gores is full of manure, & so are her two advisors, one of whom is the athletic director. Perhaps "rialex" is the other one?

“Gores noted that the administrative team would examine all areas of the university, including academics, athletics and student services, to find savings and efficiencies.” Yeah, sure, madame president. The only cuts you proposed were to ACADEMICS. There were NO cuts proposed to athletics!

“The SMSU administrative team identified three main themes that it'll use to guide it through this difficult process. The focus will be on educational excellence and distinctiveness, student learning and success and meaningful partnerships and engagement.” Where does athletics fit into those 3 main themes?

Does the community know that administration plans to add ANOTHER position to their top-heavy staff? They plan to hire a “Vice President of Student Retention”.

Maybe it’s time to look at cutting the salaries and number of positions in the administratio

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Jan-31-14 8:19 PM

How about giving up athletic scholarships? It's absurd to think these will ever create money for this school where it is located. Tuition did not increase this past year; did professor salaries? I won't even mention the union represented staff.

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Jan-31-14 5:35 PM

Connie Gores is a capable and trustworthy administrator. The community can trust her to work with faculty to get this right.

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Jan-31-14 3:30 PM

It might have something to do with the constant flow of incompetent administrators for the past twenty years or so.

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Jan-31-14 10:31 AM

Hopefully Gores positive spin will bear out, and we won't see the rubble from this situation negatively affecting our families and community.

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