Chancellor outlines budget reduction process


In an April 7 campuswide email, Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced that UNL faces a projected budget reduction of $10 million to $15 million in the next two- year budget period. Below is Perlman's message to campus. For a complete overview of the proposed budget reduction process, go to



We have been anticipating that we would have to make some budget reductions for the next biennium. While the Legislature’s budget proposal calls for no reductions in our state funding over the course of the next two years - and we are encouraged by that proposal - we still need to address increasing expenses and a likely salary increase. We had no salary program this year and the one the year before was minimal. Faculty salaries have slipped about 1.5 percent overall against the midpoint of our peers. University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken has indicated his support for some funding for salary increases and I have supported that as well.

Current projections suggest that UNL may be facing a possible reduction of $10 million to $15 million over the next two years. I have concluded that we should begin the process by identifying $5 million this spring.

The budget reduction framework, as approved by the Academic Planning Committee, is posted on the UNL website at

I anticipate being able to provide you with details about recommended reductions yet this month. I am sorry that I have this type of news to bring to you at this time.

Harvey Perlman,

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