Everyone at Georgia Perimeter College knew this would be a difficult year.
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Georgia Perimeter budgets
As the fourth-largest college in the University System of Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College has a larger budget than other two-year schools. Here are recent budgets, paired with enrollment. Enrollment dropped last fall at Georgia Perimeter and other two-year colleges across the state because of stricter admission requirements.
Fiscal year … Total budget … Enrollment
2014 … $185.2 million … 23,600*
2013 … $195.7 million … 23,619
2012 … $185.1 million … 26,996
2011 … $159 million …. 25,113
2010 … $150.8 million … 24,549
Source: University System of Georgia. Figures reflect original budgets for each year.
NOTE: Enrollment for 2014 is a projection. Georgia Perimeter official expect enrollment to be flat.
Georgia Perimeter spending cuts
Georgia Perimeter College cut $25 million from its budget last spring to cover a drastic shortfall. Here were some of the reductions:
- Lay off 282 people, nearly 9 percent of the staff, to save about $10.7 million. No tenured or tenure-track faculty were laid off.
- Reduce operating expenses by $5.9 million. This included cutting advertising, eliminating most travel, scaling back convocation and similar events, and delaying computer purchases and network upgrades.
- Reallocate $3.25 million in new money toward deficit. This included money intended for new labs at the Alpharetta campus and to expand online learning and military outreach programs.
- Eliminate vacant positions and continue the hiring freeze to save $1.5 million.
- Reduce spending on part-time staff to save $2.1 million.
- Increase teaching loads to save about $1 million. Faculty taught more classes, and some administrators also taught classes.
Source: Georgia Perimeter College