CU fiscal reorganization promises no UCCS layoffs

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University of Colorado President Bruce Benson has outlined a major reorganization of the university system’s administrative functions in an effort to balance a budget hard-hit by the state’s money problems.

While the plan will also involve some significant fiscal surgery, Benson said it will not include any layoffs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The reorganization effort will cut $6.2 million or 15.6 percent of the system’s $39 million operating budget.

Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Benson will take a 5-percent salary reduction, and the university will not fill 54 positions.

Next steps in the initiative include looking at a “shared services organizational structure” for university-wide administration as well as “identifying functions across the campuses that could be aggregated…,” the university said in a statement.

Affects of the budget announcement are still being determined, said UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton, who said the campus Springs’ campus budget was about $127 million for 2008-2009.

“The good news it that there will be no layoffs,” he said. “We expect the budget will be finalized in the next two weeks following a decision by the CU Board of Regents on tuition rates next year.”