On the day UCF’s Board of Trustees voted to slash four degree programs and suspend one, KnightNews.com crews had their cameras rolling from the start of the protests until the final Board of Trustees vote was cast on Thursday, July 23.
We’ve pieced together a timeline, complete with some of the most compelling footage of the day to take you through the painful process as we saw it.
It started with some faculty and their megaphone:
We then talked to students watching the rally. Some were directly affected by the cuts. And the others we talked to that weren’t, couldn’t imagine being in the shoes of students about to be losing their majors:
We watched faculty and students march from the Student Union to the Live Oak Ballroom, where they made their final stand to try and stop the cuts:
During the meeting, Faculty Senate Chair and Trustee Ida Cook gave an emotional plea to the board to postpone its decision to cut four programs. She couldn’t hold back her tears:
UCF Provost Terry Hickey, who proposed the cuts, explained to the board why he felt the decision to cut the programs, which would cost nearly 40 jobs, was needed:
BOT Chairman Rick Walsh made a motion to vote on trustee Cook’s request to postpone the decision to another day, and then moved to vote on the proposal to cut the programs:
Only Cook and Student Body President Brian Peterson voted against cutting the four degrees. We caught up with President Peterson after the vote:
UCF’s News and Information department issued this release following the vote.
Our live updates of the BOT meeting as well as Thursday’s original article can be found below:
UPDATE 2:45 p.m.
UCF’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of the proposal to cut Management Information Systems, Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Engineering Technology and Radiological Sciences.
KnightNews.com is working to gather more details and provide them as quickly as we can.
Check back for updates.
UPDATE 2:32 p.m.
Two trustees are making things a bit more difficult for UCF administrators trying to push program cuts through during the Board of Trustees meeting happening now.
Trustee Ida Cook, who is also the chair of UCF’s Faculty Senate, made a motion to table, or postpone voting on the proposal to cut four degree programs until her questions about administrative costs could be answered.
Student Government Association President Brian Peterson, who is the only student trustee, seconded her motion. Peterson was the only trustee to vote against recommending the cuts at a BOT committee meeting last week.
UCF President John Hitt and BOT Chairman Rick Walsh both opposed the motion to postpone voting on the cuts.
Cook became emotional during the debate, and said she wanted to see specific data regarding administrative costs.
Her motion was defeated. Only Cook, Peterson and trustee Micky Grindstaff voted in favor of postponing making the decision about cutting programs until more information about administrative costs could be gathered.
UPDATE 12:55 P.M.
Fewer protesters showed up today than during the last protest, but they made their point by holding signs that read “shame.”
The protesters moved from the area outside the Student Union to the Live Oak Room near Marketplace to watch as the Board of Trustees decides whether to cut the degree programs.
KnightNews.com has a crew at the BOT meeting.
Check back for updates.
Photo From Today’s Protest
At 1 p.m. today the future of four UCF degree programs will be decided by the Board of Trustees.
Management information systems, cardiopulmonary sciences, engineering technology and radiological sciences are all on the chopping block.
If the BOT swings the ax, 37 UCF employees will face unemployment and more than 1,000 students will lose their majors.
UCF would also save $4.6 million dollars with their deletion – something administrators say is needed to maintain the university’s quality of education during this “historic budget crisis.”
A UCF Board of Trustees committee already recommended the full board approve the cuts at a meeting on July 13.
Faculty and students protested the cuts then, and they plan to do so again at 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the open area between the Student Union and breezeway. The group then plans to move to the Live Oak Room in time to watch the 1 p.m. BOT meeting.
While UCF Provost Terry Hickey has released statements saying the cuts are needed, UCF’s faculty union released statements claiming UCF has $140 million in “unrestricted net assets” to cover the cost.
Hickey’s statement blames an approximately $17 million budget shortfall at the beginning of the 2011-12 fiscal year when federal stimulus money runs out as one reason the cuts are needed.
He has also said there are restrictions on the $140 million. A statement on the faculty union Web site said UCF refuses to specify exactly what those restrictions are, despite its repeated requests.
- Read the latest accusations from UCF’s faculty union here.
- Read the latest statement from UCF’s provost here.
Watch our previous coverage here: