Recommended administrative cuts and changes were released early this afternoon to faculty and staff.
A list of recommended academic program eliminations was released on Oct. 5. The Board of Trustees will vote on whether or not to approve these recommendations on Nov. 9. The official decisions will be released the following day.
Some of the major recommendations within the report include a recommendation to cut the budget of Doane Student Media. Additionally, the President’s Office has recommended that the Forensics program be eliminated entirely. Not only that, but there will be large changes made to Greek Life on Crete’s campus as well. The position for the Greek Life director will be closed and eliminated.
No athletic programs have been recommended for complete elimination. Some may experience budget cuts and changes, but none will be cut altogether.
In addition, the President’s Office has recommended that Doane establish a university-wide advising center for students, presumably in place of its current system of students choosing an academic advisor.
“There has never been a plan to eliminate faculty advisors. The university will continue to explore if a university-wide advising center is the appropriate way to move forward. Those plans are to be shared with the Provost and Implementation Committee by the end of Spring 2021,” the university said.
There will also be a hiring freeze beginning on Nov. 9 until further notice if these recommendations are approved.
Students were not given access to the list of administrative cuts and changes being recommended by the President’s Office.
Doane’s spokesperson said the report does not involve students.
“The bulk of this report contains details regarding departments that pertain to faculty and staff and don’t pertain to students. Whether it is dealing with personnel or budgets, these are operational items that don’t involve students,” Doane said.
Doane said students directly affected by the report will be contacted by Student Congress. Thus, students who are a part of the Student Congress were given more information on the report than other students.
“There are some things in the report that do concern students,” Doane said. “University leadership has reached out to Student Congress to form a partnership to share that information with them… University leadership has worked with Student Congress to ensure that the students that are impacted in the report are contacted and plans are developed to ensure that they are being supported.”
Students are currently unable to declare their major into any of the programs recommended for elimination. The university shared information regarding this freeze with StuCo.
“The proposed program eliminations, if approved, may result in Doane’s inability to deliver certain majors, and it would be irresponsible on the part of the University to commit to something that it could ultimately end up not being able to deliver,” the university said. “Therefore, we are pausing on accepting declarations, which is something allowed under the Catalog's rules, until university leadership has a clear picture of the status of all programs.”
Some people have argued that if the eliminations are approved, Doane will no longer qualify as a Liberal Arts institution.
“While some of the academic programs recommended for elimination fall under the liberal arts umbrella, Doane will continue to offer courses and majors/minors that provide our students with opportunities for a well-rounded education,” the university said. “Additions of the College of Education, College of Business, and School of Integrative Learning in recent years is an example of Doane not being exclusively a liberal arts institution for some time, rather, a comprehensive university that is rooted in the liberal arts. Doane programs will continue to have a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, reflecting the university's mission statement.”
Ryan Mueksch, the spokesperson for Doane, said Doane has a problem of enrollment, which has partly led to the current budget deficit.
“A problem Doane has is undergraduate enrollment has been decreasing and the discount rate, meaning the amount of scholarships provided to students on the Crete campus, has been increasing, so the net tuition that the university has received per student has gone down in recent years,” Mueksch said.
To view the full report, go to doaneline.com