A message regarding pay cuts

by President Di Pasquale, Nov. 24, 2009

A news report in today’s Providence Journal describes state government as in “severe economic distress” as a result of the state’s budget deficit. The state public higher education system is doing its part in helping to alleviate the budget crisis and will implement a $9.4 million budget reduction for FY2010, with CCRI’s share being just over $3 million.

Today, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) announced that the presidents of the three state institutions of higher education, the vice presidents of those institutions and several other senior higher education officials, including the acting commissioner of higher education and all staff at the Office of Higher Education, have agreed to accept a 1 percent annualized pay cut for the remainder of fiscal year 2010. RIBGHE is scheduled to formally approve these pay cuts at its Dec. 7 meeting. At that same meeting, the board also expects to impose a pay cut for most non-union, non-classified employees of the state’s higher education system who are funded by unrestricted (general) revenues. Read the complete news release from the RIBGHE (*PDF file).

The senior management team, other non-union, non-classified employees and I are taking this pay cut to move forward in helping to address the budget crisis.

Over the past two years, the CCRI senior management team has been fully engaged in the process of initiating practices to create more efficiency throughout the college and we are planning another round of meetings to address further cuts that may be necessary. Obviously we will not initiate any cuts that impact the quality of our academic programs.

As we embark on this Thanksgiving holiday, I wish that I had better news to share with you. However, be assured that we recognize and appreciate all of your hard work in very trying circumstances. Please enjoy the holiday with family and friends and give thanks for all that we enjoy together. As members of the CCRI family, we have much to be grateful for and to appreciate.

I will continue to update you on developments as they become clearer.

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