Graduate College must prioritize, then eliminate

Kay Souvatrat

The Graduate College is working on plans to cut and reorganize its budget to comply with ISU President Gregory Geoffroy’s announcement on Monday to trim the ISU budget.

As part of the $8.3 million cut to the university’s budget announced Monday, all functions of the Graduate College will be reviewed to decide which will be eliminated.

“The cut is painful, but we can find a way to do the job without money,” said John Mayfield, associate dean of the Graduate College.

Mayfield said he hopes the Graduate College comes out stronger as a result of the plans to reorganize.

“It’s a time of uncertainty for the Graduate College, but we can live through it,” he said.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Ben Allen asked for budget revisions to be completed in six weeks, Mayfield said.

Geoffroy said Monday there will be layoffs within the different colleges, but the number has not yet been determined.

“There is currently no plan for layoffs in the Graduate College within the next few months,” Mayfield said.

As a result of the cuts and plans to reorganize, the Graduate College will be moved from the Vice Provost for Research to the Office of the Provost.

“There are some advantages and disadvantages with dealing directly with the provost,” Mayfield said. “It all depends on how it ends up. We’ll just have to wait and see.”