Details, specifications of Forsee's 14-point cutbacks

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 10:06 p.m. CST; updated 10:17 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The following are UM System President Gary Forsee's recommendations for spending cutbacks, supplemented by Chancellor Brady Deaton's points specific to MU:

  • UM System Memo: Position reclassifications, mid-year promotions, mid-year salary adjustments
  • MU Memo: Reclassifications and other adjustments can be considered if it means that an employee would leave and a position would be left open without them


  • UM System Memo:  Employee overtime, whether paid or given as additional time off
  • MU Memo:  Overtime can occur with immediate supervisor and next-level supervisor’s approval, and if it does not occur on a regular basis


  • UM System Memo: Employee recognition events
  • MU Memo:  These events are important, but costs should be eliminated or reduced to a minimum 


  • UM System Memo:  Employee dues for professional organizations, unless membership is a job requirement
  • MU Memo:  No explanation listed in Deaton’s memo


  • UM System Memo:  Employee training that is not directly required for job duties
  • MU Memo: Only training for licensure, compliance, etc. … should be continued, and only in the most economical way possible


  • UM System Memo:  Non-capital building maintenance, except for repairs related to safety
  • MU Memo:  Some maintenance and repair should continue if there is direct negative effect on instruction, revenue or service.  These claims must be documented


  • UM System Memo: Travel
  • MU Memo: Travel must be significantly reduced except for important research purposes


  • UM System Memo:  Business meals and refreshments
  • MU Memo:  These should be eliminated


  • UM System Memo:  Marketing and advertising done by outside vendors, except if it impacts a campus’ ability to generate future revenue
  • MU Memo:  The services should be continued only if they increase enrollment that would increase tuition revenue, fundraising, economic development and sale of MU services


  • UM System Memo:  Publishing, printing, copying (The memo recommends that electronic copies replace hard copies of documents.)
  • MU Memo:  Print publications that generate revenue or when information is sent to areas where there is not high-speed Internet service, such as rural Missouri


  • UM System Memo:  Supply purchases
  • MU Memo:  Contracted vendors should always be used


  • UM System Memo:  Non-capital equipment purchases (The memo cites computers not used in direct instruction or research as an example of such purchases.)
  • MU Memo:  Continue to use existing equipment unless it is dysfunctional


  • UM System Memo:  Consulting services, except when tied directly to future revenue
  • MU Memo:  Only contracts that generate revenue should be kept, such as student recruitment and donor support


  • UM System Memo: Non-capital purchases for cars and furniture
  • MU Memo:  Do not buy furniture, carpet, etc. … unless it is absolutely necessary


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Charles Dudley Jr January 15, 2009 | 2:33 p.m.

How about cutting out those high priced salaries of those way over rated sports coaches and invest that money into their medical and teaching curriculum that will get their students the much needed hi tech educations they will need for the futures they want to build.

Oh wait investing in over rated coaches is a better priority than investing in a student's education so they can be the main bread winner to support their future families. Not!!!!

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Ayn Rand January 15, 2009 | 2:48 p.m.

I thought that most of the MU coaching salaries are funded by donors, TV rights, etc. Or is that the case only for the big-name coaches, such as Pinkel? For example, Pinkel's salary is $350,000, with the remaining ~$2 million coming from donors, TV appearances, apparel deals, etc.

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