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
CSU’s College of Applied Human Sciences suffered an
approximately $1.1 million cut to its budget this year, said the
As a direct result of the budget cuts, the college lost seven
faculty positions and three administrative positions, said Dean
Total state funding to CSU fell 27 percent, or $34.2 million,
because of the state’s revenue problems associated with a slow
“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
“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 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
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