Governor Cuts George Mason FY03 Budget 10 Percent

Posted: October 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In a highly-anticipated speech last night, Gov. Mark Warner outlined the budget cuts he will be imposing on each of the state agencies throughout the entire commonwealth. For George Mason, the governor directed that 10.1 percent ($9.55 million) be reduced from the university’s FY 2003 general fund budget and that 12.1 percent ($12.14 million) be reduced from the FY 2004 general fund budget.

According to university officials, these cuts will, among other things, compromise George Mason’s ability to accept additional students; limit overall research among faculty members; press faculty members into more instructional and service duties; negatively affect student retention efforts; impact financial aid; and result in an increase in average class size.

“Funding for state colleges will be further reduced from 9 to 13 percent,” said Warner. “Cuts for each college and university will vary, based on tuition level and percentage of students from outside Virginia. The result will be larger classes, fewer course offerings, and for some students, perhaps additional time in order to graduate.”

As a follow up to the governor’s address, President Alan Merten has scheduled several town hall meetings for the campus community over the next few days. They are held tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Boardroom at the Fairfax Campus, and at 4 p.m. in the Original Building, Room 244, at the Arlington Campus; and Friday at 9 a.m. in the Verizon Auditorium at the Prince William Campus, and at 12:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Boardroom.

Click here to read the full speech and to view budget cuts for all state agencies.

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