Sep 292003
 
Authors: Todd Nelson

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series

examining budget cuts on each of the university’s eight colleges.

Next Tuesday The Collegian will look at the College of

Engineering.

CSU’s College of Applied Human Sciences suffered an

approximately $1.1 million cut to its budget this year, said the

college’s dean.

As a direct result of the budget cuts, the college lost seven

faculty positions and three administrative positions, said Dean

Nancy Hartley.

Total state funding to CSU fell 27 percent, or $34.2 million,

because of the state’s revenue problems associated with a slow

economy.

“It’s going to mean larger section sizes and more adjunct

teaching. With funding down and enrollment up, there’s no way to

avoid it,” Hartley said.

The College of Applied Human Sciences consists of nine

departments: consumer and family studies, design and merchandising,

food science and human nutrition, health and exercise science,

human development and family studies, manufacturing technology and

construction management, occupational therapy, education school and

social work. The College of Applied Human Sciences has 3,741

undergraduates and more than 800 graduate students, a 4.6 percent

increase from last year.

Clif Barber, the head of the human development and family

studies department, said that the hardest thing for him was telling

a good friend and colleague Dale Mazzoni that he would be laid off

next year.

“It made me sick. I couldn’t sleep for two nights. It’s one of

the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Barber said. Although

Mazzoni won’t be working for CSU next year, he is a part-time

assistant professor in the department now. Barber said two

secretaries were also laid off in the department.

“It’s like a family, and we are a family around here in tough

times. You find ways to get leaner and cut costs,” Barber said. He

pointed to limits on paper, long-distance phone calls and other

items as ways his department had become leaner. “It’s not pleasant,

but we’ll deal with this.”

Barber said he was not concerned that the quality of education

at CSU would slip immediately because of budget cuts. He said that

if the university experienced problems it would be several years in

the future.

“The erosion of quality of faculty five to 10 years down the

line is what I worry about,” Barber said. “If we can’t attract and

maintain quality faculty because other institutions are offering

them more then, yes, the quality of education here will

suffer.”

The university put a freeze on faculty pay raises for this year,

according to a university news release.

“Morale of our faculty is high. Quite a few of our faculty have

been through this before at other institutions,” said Richard

Israel, department head for health and exercise science. “Any time

you face a challenge you have to do the best you can.”

Israel said his department, with over 700 students, was already

accustomed to dealing with large classes.

Larry Grosse, head of the manufacturing technology and

construction management department, said his department would

combine larger lecture classes with small labs to continue to

provide students with personal “hands-on” education.

“One of the issues is that we know that the state is not going

to give the money it has in the past,” said Larry Grosse.

He said that it was his job as department head to find other

sources of funding.

Grosse pointed to his department’s partnership with industry as

one way to achieve goals on a limited budget. He said that this

summer’s renovation of Guggenheim Hall was a good example. Several

construction companies, including G.E. Johnson, donated labor,

materials and lines of credit to complete work on the hall.

“Our profession is a can-do profession,” Grosse said, referring

to the construction industry. “We look at a problem and find a way

to solve it.”

Grosse said he planned a similar project this summer with

industry partner Gerald H. Phipps, Inc., a construction company. To

accommodate the larger classes that budget cuts have forced on the

construction management department, several small classrooms in

Guggenheim Hall will be made into a lecture hall. The company will

cover all the costs and provide all the labor.

Morgan Cate, a sophomore construction management major, said

larger classes did not bother him.

“Half the kids don’t show up to class anyway,” Cate said. “The

only time that classes are really full is on the first day and on

test days.”

 

 

 

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