University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman announced that he has a plan to address a $4.6 million budget deficit, but released few details on that plan.
Perlman met with campus representatives this week to explain the financial situation and said he has a plan to address the deficit without impacting academics or requiring elaborate cuts.
He said in the university-wide email that he will work with the Academic Planning Committee to implement that plan by April.
Perlman said the $4.6 million deficit is a result of increased operating expenses, UNL’s share of the University of Nebraska system’s deficit and $3 million in tuition shortfalls from last year and this year.
The tuition shortfalls were caused by a growth in distance education because 53 percent of the tuition from those classes goes back to the colleges, not the overall university budget, Perlman said.
“While this program has been important in creating teaching capacity and providing other resources to the colleges, going forward we will need to address the structure to provide greater incentive for distance education programs that bring in new money rather than those that divert base tuition dollars,” Perlman said in the email.