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My guess is that the ultimate success will depend upon the number of retained students plus new students. I am concerned that with life style changes, many students may give up or at least delay entering college.
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(05-07-2020 03:18 PM)axeme Wrote:  KSU cuts $30 million from budget(Record-Courier link)
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Kent State University on Wednesday finalized more than $30 million in cuts for the next fiscal year to make up for losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Those cuts will come in the form of a salary adjustment model for non-represented employees, pay freezes for both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, and a voluntary buyout package. The cuts will help the university decrease its budget by 20% to make up a shortfall from a reduction in state support as well as a decline in enrollment.

“Our ongoing commitment is to plan responsibly a budget that reflects our best understanding of the impact of the pandemic,” Kent State President Todd Diacon said. “We think it best that we plan for 20% budget cut, and with a 20% budget cut, we can only reach this reduction by lowering payroll costs.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that $110 million would be cut from the state’s higher education institutions. Kent State will lose about $6.1 million of its $160 million appropriation.

The university has about 2,200 non-represented, full-time employees, who will each be affected differently by the salary adjustment model based on their salaries. The entire model will save the university $5.7 million.

Diacon is taking a 12.5% cut to his $475,000 annual salary while members of his cabinet, deans and those with salaries of $200,000 or greater will see a salary adjustment of 10%.

As salaries decrease, so do the percentage cuts, with those earning between $38,000 and $49,999 seeing a 2% decrease, and employees earning less than $38,000 seeing no reduction.

Those whose salaries are being adjusted will be granted leave days that may be used in lieu of, or in addition to, vacation days to be taken during fiscal year 2021. Staff with salaries of $50,000 or more will receive 10 leave days, and those with salaries of between $38,000 and $49,999 will receive five leave days...

...The modified collective bargaining agreements will affect more than 770 full-time, tenure-track faculty and more than 530 full-time, non-tenure track faculty who are represented by the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The union will extend its agreements by one year and defer raises for the upcoming year, saving the university about $2.5 million in FY 2021...

...Generally, the package includes a cash incentive based on salary, the retention of the tuition waiver benefit for four years and continued health care for a limited period of time. Polatajko said that based on a “reasonable yet conservative participation estimate,” the university expects $23 million in overall savings after considering the one-year program costs at the beginning of the buyout...

To my eye, it looks like a fairly balanced approach to the cuts that keeps the university in pretty good shape considering the severity of the financial problems all schools are facing. Looks to me like we are in a much better position than many are.

Of course, I ain’t no accountant. I are a English major.
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What I don't see in any of this are actions specifically pointed to athletics: salary cuts? specific budget cuts (travel, recruiting, academic support)? staff cuts if any? scholarship adjustments/cuts if any.

Kent was one of the first MAC schools to support summer school for athletes, which was a huge boost and led to every other MAC school doing the same. What happens there? Probably a few other athletic dept. projects I don't recall at the moment likely impacted, too.

But specifically, what are they and where, specifically, does the department stand in terms of keeping/cutting/maintaining sports. Lots of questions still unanswered.
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(05-07-2020 05:49 PM)cleveland Wrote:  
(05-07-2020 03:18 PM)axeme Wrote:  KSU cuts $30 million from budget(Record-Courier link)
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Kent State University on Wednesday finalized more than $30 million in cuts for the next fiscal year to make up for losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Those cuts will come in the form of a salary adjustment model for non-represented employees, pay freezes for both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, and a voluntary buyout package. The cuts will help the university decrease its budget by 20% to make up a shortfall from a reduction in state support as well as a decline in enrollment.

“Our ongoing commitment is to plan responsibly a budget that reflects our best understanding of the impact of the pandemic,” Kent State President Todd Diacon said. “We think it best that we plan for 20% budget cut, and with a 20% budget cut, we can only reach this reduction by lowering payroll costs.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that $110 million would be cut from the state’s higher education institutions. Kent State will lose about $6.1 million of its $160 million appropriation.

The university has about 2,200 non-represented, full-time employees, who will each be affected differently by the salary adjustment model based on their salaries. The entire model will save the university $5.7 million.

Diacon is taking a 12.5% cut to his $475,000 annual salary while members of his cabinet, deans and those with salaries of $200,000 or greater will see a salary adjustment of 10%.

As salaries decrease, so do the percentage cuts, with those earning between $38,000 and $49,999 seeing a 2% decrease, and employees earning less than $38,000 seeing no reduction.

Those whose salaries are being adjusted will be granted leave days that may be used in lieu of, or in addition to, vacation days to be taken during fiscal year 2021. Staff with salaries of $50,000 or more will receive 10 leave days, and those with salaries of between $38,000 and $49,999 will receive five leave days...

...The modified collective bargaining agreements will affect more than 770 full-time, tenure-track faculty and more than 530 full-time, non-tenure track faculty who are represented by the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The union will extend its agreements by one year and defer raises for the upcoming year, saving the university about $2.5 million in FY 2021...

...Generally, the package includes a cash incentive based on salary, the retention of the tuition waiver benefit for four years and continued health care for a limited period of time. Polatajko said that based on a “reasonable yet conservative participation estimate,” the university expects $23 million in overall savings after considering the one-year program costs at the beginning of the buyout...

To my eye, it looks like a fairly balanced approach to the cuts that keeps the university in pretty good shape considering the severity of the financial problems all schools are facing. Looks to me like we are in a much better position than many are.

Of course, I ain’t no accountant. I are a English major.
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What I don't see in any of this are actions specifically pointed to athletics: salary cuts? specific budget cuts (travel, recruiting, academic support)? staff cuts if any? scholarship adjustments/cuts if any.

Kent was one of the first MAC schools to support summer school for athletes, which was a huge boost and led to every other MAC school doing the same. What happens there? Probably a few other athletic dept. projects I don't recall at the moment likely impacted, too.

But specifically, what are they and where, specifically, does the department stand in terms of keeping/cutting/maintaining sports. Lots of questions still unanswered.

Couple are : Athletes will not have Summer School, Athletes living off campus will have their monies reduced ...
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(05-08-2020 05:45 PM)Fan12 Wrote:  
(05-07-2020 05:49 PM)cleveland Wrote:  
(05-07-2020 03:18 PM)axeme Wrote:  KSU cuts $30 million from budget(Record-Courier link)
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Kent State University on Wednesday finalized more than $30 million in cuts for the next fiscal year to make up for losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Those cuts will come in the form of a salary adjustment model for non-represented employees, pay freezes for both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, and a voluntary buyout package. The cuts will help the university decrease its budget by 20% to make up a shortfall from a reduction in state support as well as a decline in enrollment.

“Our ongoing commitment is to plan responsibly a budget that reflects our best understanding of the impact of the pandemic,” Kent State President Todd Diacon said. “We think it best that we plan for 20% budget cut, and with a 20% budget cut, we can only reach this reduction by lowering payroll costs.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that $110 million would be cut from the state’s higher education institutions. Kent State will lose about $6.1 million of its $160 million appropriation.

The university has about 2,200 non-represented, full-time employees, who will each be affected differently by the salary adjustment model based on their salaries. The entire model will save the university $5.7 million.

Diacon is taking a 12.5% cut to his $475,000 annual salary while members of his cabinet, deans and those with salaries of $200,000 or greater will see a salary adjustment of 10%.

As salaries decrease, so do the percentage cuts, with those earning between $38,000 and $49,999 seeing a 2% decrease, and employees earning less than $38,000 seeing no reduction.

Those whose salaries are being adjusted will be granted leave days that may be used in lieu of, or in addition to, vacation days to be taken during fiscal year 2021. Staff with salaries of $50,000 or more will receive 10 leave days, and those with salaries of between $38,000 and $49,999 will receive five leave days...

...The modified collective bargaining agreements will affect more than 770 full-time, tenure-track faculty and more than 530 full-time, non-tenure track faculty who are represented by the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The union will extend its agreements by one year and defer raises for the upcoming year, saving the university about $2.5 million in FY 2021...

...Generally, the package includes a cash incentive based on salary, the retention of the tuition waiver benefit for four years and continued health care for a limited period of time. Polatajko said that based on a “reasonable yet conservative participation estimate,” the university expects $23 million in overall savings after considering the one-year program costs at the beginning of the buyout...

To my eye, it looks like a fairly balanced approach to the cuts that keeps the university in pretty good shape considering the severity of the financial problems all schools are facing. Looks to me like we are in a much better position than many are.

Of course, I ain’t no accountant. I are a English major.
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What I don't see in any of this are actions specifically pointed to athletics: salary cuts? specific budget cuts (travel, recruiting, academic support)? staff cuts if any? scholarship adjustments/cuts if any.

Kent was one of the first MAC schools to support summer school for athletes, which was a huge boost and led to every other MAC school doing the same. What happens there? Probably a few other athletic dept. projects I don't recall at the moment likely impacted, too.

But specifically, what are they and where, specifically, does the department stand in terms of keeping/cutting/maintaining sports. Lots of questions still unanswered.

Couple are : Athletes will not have Summer School, Athletes living off campus will have their monies reduced ...

Both are a big OUCH!. FB/BB rely on summer school time for NCAA approved off-season conditioning/practice. While it's quite likely all D1 schools will be in the same boat this summer, it will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward.

FB looks to be turning the corner and BB has been identified as the No. 1 marketing/promotions sports tool for the university. While cuts are certainly needed and expected ... the university also needs to keep bringing in more students ($$$). For better or worse, athletics are the key in that department.

Cuts to admin, coaches and staff are one thing. But cutting $$$ to athletes - even in these tough times - does not send the best message, either, going forward. There's still recruiting going on.

Interesting all the way around.
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(05-08-2020 08:42 PM)cleveland Wrote:  the university also needs to keep bringing in more students ($$$).

It's one data point, but I counted 90 seniors in my kid's class going to community college next year. The usual number is closer to 20. Enrollment at 4 year schools is going to be way down for freshman next year.
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(05-08-2020 11:49 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(05-08-2020 08:42 PM)cleveland Wrote:  the university also needs to keep bringing in more students ($$$).

It's one data point, but I counted 90 seniors in my kid's class going to community college next year. The usual number is closer to 20. Enrollment at 4 year schools is going to be way down for freshman next year.

This has been a creeping trend, about to boom. Several MAC schools now have jucos blending right into their own campus, Akron has one. I believe Toledo has one and that was a sticking point when Marshall was in the league as well.

Kent has some deals worked out with area jucos for easy transfer to Kent, but don't know how that is actually translating, numbers wise.

The plus side of this is most attrition, numbers wise, comes from freshmen and sophomores. The down side is a school loses out on a very large entry pool.
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Our branch campuses remain strong and while that does not help athletics I can see an increase in enrollment at our branch campuses. My child goes to Akron StVM HS and I saw an increase in enrollment to KSU. Kids maybe that otherwise would go farther from home chose a school that wasnt a dumpster fire (akron) and chose KSU.
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(05-11-2020 07:17 AM)KSUforever Wrote:  Our branch campuses remain strong and while that does not help athletics I can see an increase in enrollment at our branch campuses. My child goes to Akron StVM HS and I saw an increase in enrollment to KSU. Kids maybe that otherwise would go farther from home chose a school that wasnt a dumpster fire (akron) and chose KSU.

If you're going to attend a 4-year state school that you can drive to Kent (and even better, the regional campuses) are your best option in NE Ohio.
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I don't know about all the Kent States, but there are several majors a person can go four years and graduate from Kent State at Stark.
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Some big changes to tournament structures for 2021.

https://www.wtol.com/article/sports/majo...a5a6d8fe3c
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(05-12-2020 04:39 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Some big changes to tournament structures for 2021.

https://www.wtol.com/article/sports/majo...a5a6d8fe3c

No more divisions.
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The shortened non conference season won't help with all the new faces we'll have next year. But I think a lot of teams will be in that boat. Interesting that they upped conference games to 20 instead of 22 so everyone plays twice. The no conference scheduling will be interesting. Even though divisions are gone I imagine the two teams we won't play twice will still be Western teams since they'll be looking to limit travel distances. So I'm betting there will still be shades of divisions in the scheduling.
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(05-12-2020 06:20 PM)dannyb73 Wrote:  
(05-12-2020 04:39 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Some big changes to tournament structures for 2021.

https://www.wtol.com/article/sports/majo...a5a6d8fe3c

No more divisions.

The MAC press release didn't mention divisions, though Steinbrecher
did in his WTOL interview.

I'm pretty sure they're gone. My guess is that the commissioner caught his PR people by surprise and that they were scrambling to catch up. We'll know in a day or so.

The MAC was the last Division I conference to have divisions. They meant almost nothing in tournament seedings.
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No postseason conference tournaments in baseball, softball, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and tennis. Regular-season champions will go to NCAA tournaments.

Baseball and softball will play a 30-game schedule.

Volleyball tournament goes from eight to four teams. Championships in track, swimming and golf will be shorter.

All this, of course, assumes there's no big flareup in Covid-19 that will shut universities again. Most conferences have said that if regular students aren't on campus, there will be no sports.

(Cal State system said Tuesday it expected to be almost entirely online in fall, which probably would shut down that conference.)
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I actually like the changes to the tournaments. The idea of a regular season champion gets the NCAA bid doesn’t bother me in the least.
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(05-12-2020 09:06 PM)cschierh Wrote:  No postseason conference tournaments in baseball, softball, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and tennis. Regular-season champions will go to NCAA tournaments.

Baseball and softball will play a 30-game schedule.

Volleyball tournament goes from eight to four teams. Championships in track, swimming and golf will be shorter.

All this, of course, assumes there's no big flareup in Covid-19 that will shut universities again. Most conferences have said that if regular students aren't on campus, there will be no sports.

(Cal State system said Tuesday it expected to be almost entirely online in fall, which probably would shut down that conference.)

30 total games for baseball or 30 conference games? Hopefully conference because it takes Kent near 30 games to warm up!
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I wonder what Joey is doing?
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Article in the ABJ today talks about the cuts for the Zips. A coach commented that cutting mens XC at Akron only saves the university 6500 on the year. It further states a potential for a cut in scholarships and a reduction in uniform expenses. Maybe Joey will realize that our football team doesnt need more uniform combos than the Browns.
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(05-15-2020 07:22 AM)KSUforever Wrote:  Maybe Joey will realize that our football team doesnt need more uniform combos than the Browns.

Unless that is part of the agreement and covered by Under Armour, I agree.

Got to admit it would be interesting looking through a MAC school's athletic budget and separating needs from wants.
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