Facing prospect of nearly $5 million funding cut, Emporia State makes adjustments and plans for more changes Featured

Facing prospect of nearly $5 million funding cut, Emporia State makes adjustments and plans for more changes KVOE News file photo

Emporia State University is moving forward with its budget review process with the prospect of yet another round of major cuts coming from the Legislature.


ESU is preparing for a potential 5.3 percent budget cut -- $4.7 million spread over two fiscal years -- later this spring. Vice President of Administration and Finance Diana Kuhlmann says campus department heads are looking for "targeted" reductions and efficiencies at this time with a hiring freeze now underway and a shift of almost $1.9 million in savings realized in fiscal 2021 to the fiscal 2022 budget. They are also looking into the impacts those potential cuts could have. Recommendations will be forwarded to a budget advisory committee next month.

Kuhlmann tells KVOE News this follows similar conversations last year. A year ago, ESU was looking at a roughly $2 million cut. State funding and federal COVID relief funds helped to stabilize the money picture, but COVID had other impacts that have been tough to overcome without budget adjustments.

Cuts in state support have hit ESU sporadically over the last two decades and have combined with tuition shortfalls to cause cutbacks at ESU in 2003, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Kuhlmann says Emporia State remains strong despite the financial cuts and remains committed to quality and service for its students.

Emporia State plans to save $1 million with the hiring freeze in place until at least June 13. It also plans to save around $600,000 by not releasing equipment funds for the rest of this fiscal year through June. Travel restrictions are saving over $280,000 in that line item.

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