See below for answers to specific questions received via the Question/Comment form that was available in early January.
Why are no sessions scheduled when faculty are to be back on campus?
UIS Campus Forums are scheduled for January 4 and January 12. Faculty officially return January 11, 2010 to prepare for the spring semester. More forums will be scheduled if needed.
We need a honest answer as to whether or not civil service employees will face layoff or not in the upcoming months. The comments regarding union contract policies is vague and not informative.
How quickly will civil service employees know how they will be handled?
Please contact Wes Weisenburn in the UIS Human Resources office at 206-6652. He and other HR personnel are meeting with bargaining units shortly.
How will furlough days be entered into the payroll program; what code should be used?
Payroll deductions for furlough days will be made automatically. There is no need for you to enter any codes.
Are you open to any specific cost cutting measures particularly to AP employees going part time or a lesser percentage of time (70-80%) to save money?
I could possibly retire at the end of the next school year. The lack of summer school and furlough will hurt my final average earnings and reduce my retirement. Are there going to be any incentives or support for those who are willing to go ahead with retirement at the end of next year?
Please speak with your dean or supervisor, or wait for additional information to be released shortly.
Please see the 2010 Furlough Information page on the U of I website:
Below are the types of questions answered there:
What/who is a RAMP administrator?
Please see the Furlough FAQ on the U of I website for immediate questions:
Below are the types of questions answered there.
Who is affected by furloughs?
Will employees who are mostly grant/contracted funded be required to take furlough days? Shouldn't the number of required furlough days be proportionate to the share of an employee's time that is covered by state appropriations?
Please see the Comprehensive Furlough FAQ on the University Human Resources website for more detailed questions:
Below are the types of questions answered there.
Will the furlough days taken affect the vacation and sick leave accrual during the pay period?
Will taking furlough days affect health insurance coverage if they are taken more than one in a pay period, thereby dropping that week to less than 32 hours?
Will taking furlough days affect the date an employee can retire, or does it add those days to the end?
Will we be able to purchase (pay out of our pocket) the contribution to SURS (our portion and the state portion) and have our have our salary that is reported to SURS not reduced by the furlough amount?
Administrative Professionals are required to take one furlough day per month. To end by May 15th wouldn't we have to begin the days by February 15th
Below are the types of questions that are not yet completely answered on university websites. Please watch for additional information:
Nearly all of the indirect cost coverage we generate through our grants and contracts is calculated based on indirect costs as a percentage of personnel costs (e.g., indirect cost is equal to 10% of personnel costs). If personnel costs decline because furloughs reduce compensation, it appears that our grant/contract budgets would have to be adjusted downward, both in terms of personnel costs and indirect costs. Is this right?
President Ikenberry stated the University of Illinois has received only 7% of this year's state appropriation since the first of July. Other Illinois institutions of higher education have received up to 15% of their state appropriation for this year. Why the disparity?
There are several time periods throughout the year when the campus is closed (for students), such as Spring Break and the week following Christmas. I never understood why UIS remains open during those times while LLCC and some other colleges do not. Further, I fail to understand why UIS is not making better use of nine- or ten-month contracts given the fact very little happens on campus during the Summer months.
UIS currently insists that some workers such as those in Food Service take unpaid days off between Christmas and New Years' Day. Why not insist all employees (except police) take that time off (unpaid) as part of the conditions of their employment? Why not do the same during Spring break? This practice would not be seen as a negative because closing the entire campus makes good business sense when students are away, yet it would provide a greater savings than we'd get from a few furlough days.
Why doesn't the university consider cutting out the tuition for employees? One cannot fathom the cost of that "perk". Do the math and you will see that furloughs don't even come close to what the amount is to cover hundreds of employees tuition costs. I am sure most would rather keep their jobs and lose the perk.
Why was spending not reduced more last semester?
Can we volunteer for a lay-off?
Are other State of Illinois employees being required to take furloughs? (Not legislators). Why should only U of I employees be shoulder the cash flow burden?
Will the current budget issues prevent summer courses at the UIS campus from being held? There has been recent rumors that there's a possibility of not having any summer courses. If this is true, what are the chances that this really will happen and how should students who are expecting to graduate this summer approach this situation?
Get creative. Raise tuition and simultaneously add value. Example of added value: Free or a substantially reduced rate of auditing an online class for alumni (i.e. once a student has completed the requirements of the degree for which they are currently enrolled). The long and short of it, you can increase rates without reducing value to the student. Or allow a student to "buy" into such an agreement.