San Francisco State University seeks to trim $2M with administrative cuts

Administrators at San Francisco State University hope to trim their growing budget deficit by further slashing administrative costs as part of a proposed restructuring of the school’s colleges from eight to six.

Earlier this year, a campus advisory panel made up of professors suggested restructuring the school’s colleges to cut costs.

Following the governor’s announcement that a June special election would not be held to possibly extend tax revenues, university President Robert Corrigan looked for ways to double the savings from that proposal.

California State University stands to lose another $500 million in the governor’s budget cuts, and San Francisco State must cut an estimated $32 million from its budget.

The original restructuring proposal — which was approved by a referendum held by the University Planning Advisory Council last month — was designed to save $1 million. But by further combining personnel, related office costs and support costs, the university could save $2 million each year, according to university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin.

The proposed plan will still dissolve the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences as well as the College of Humanities. A College of Arts and Humanities and a College of Social and Health Sciences would be created under the proposal. All colleges would absorb departments from dissolved colleges.

Elements of the new proposal remain the same, but Corrigan said the savings will come from further cuts to administration.

If the restructuring occurs, savings could increase by combining administrative duties, Corrigan said in a statement released to the university released last week. He said the proposal is “driven by a desire to streamline our administrative expenses in light of our budget realities.”

No departments or programs will be eliminated, Griffin said. The cost savings would come from office staff.

Corrigan is expecting feedback on the proposal this month and will include it on another referendum to be voted on by the 1,500 university faculty by the end of April.

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