What will Tigert do? That's the big question now that the budget deal has been ironed out. It's been interesting to follow the dialogue on the College of Liberal Arts and Science page regarding who should be cut and why. The tone, as you might guess, is mostly negative. The administration at UF has essentially been given the green light to make some fairly big changes to the structure of the University if they so desire. They also have the power to leave the fundamental structure of the University intact though it is clear that a 40-50 million dollar cut cannot be made without some consolidation, downsizing and some layoffs.
Now, we sit and wait. The President had originally planned to release his cuts on May 15, 2009. I don't know if that date is still firm or if it will be delayed a week to allow the legislature to pass the proposed budget and have the governor sign it. Not a whole lot of news on this in the Florida newspapers.
It will also be interesting to see how the administration will make its decision. Will they advise the programs/people being cut ahead of the news release or will those programs/people discover their fate in the newspaper?