Frequently Asked Questions about the University’s 2012-13 Budget

How much was Florida Atlantic University’s state budget cut for the 2012-13 Fiscal Year?

The Florida Legislature reduced FAU's general revenue budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, by more than $24.7 million.

How was FAU’s plan for absorbing the cut developed?

The administrative task force charged with developing the University's plan for dealing with the cut was assisted by a wealth of suggestions from faculty, staff and students. Many commonly held ideas emerged, helping to shape the budget in ways that reflected a broadly based consensus. The Board of Trustees approved the 2012-13 budget on June 19, 2012.

The guiding principles driving the decision-making process were based on protecting services to students and furthering the priorities of the strategic plan and the University's three signature themes: marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges. The budget plan calls for strengthening and concentrating programs at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) and at the Davie, Jupiter and Boca Raton campuses while moving forward with science initiatives and business partnerships throughout FAU's six-county service area. The consolidation process will greatly enhance campus life environments for all students, especially on the Boca Raton campus.

On what campuses will operations be suspended as a result of the budget cut?

Operations on the Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie were suspended on July 1, 2012. Operations on the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus will be suspended by June 30, 2013.

Why were operations suspended on the Treasure Coast campus?

In 2011-12, only 247 students attended classes in Port St. Lucie, representing less than 1 percent of FAU's total student population and making the cost of maintaining services economically unfeasible. Academic counselors are working individually with those students to develop plans that will allow them to graduate on time.

What will happen to the degree programs and classes that were offered at the Treasure Coast campus?

Programs and courses have been consolidated at HBOI and the John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter as well as at the Boca Raton campus. FAU is continuing to develop HBOI, a world-class facility that recently has been enhanced by the investment of more than $44 million in buildings, infrastructure and research support. HBOI will continue to grow through the addition of educational, outreach, research and partnership projects with entities such as FAU's SeaTech ocean engineering research center. As FAU's northernmost site, HBOI is well positioned to serve Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and the entire Treasure Coast. The building program and research activities at HBOI support FAU's ongoing commitment to the Research Coast initiative.

Why will operations be suspended at the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus within one year?

Again, the reason is cost-effectiveness. The Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus is serving 569 students, or just two percent of the University's overall enrollment.

What will happen to the degree programs and classes offered at the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus?

Downtown Fort Lauderdale-based courses and programs are being assessed to ensure the most efficient use of University resources. Most courses and programs will be consolidated on the Davie campus. A transition plan is being developed to determine the best new locations for individual degree programs that are currently offered on the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus.

What will happen to students who are currently enrolled at the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus?

These students will work individually with advisors to develop plans that will facilitate their timely graduation.

How is SeaTech in Dania Beach affected?

General revenue funds are no longer being directed to SeaTech , which must now fund its operations entirely through research grants. Research work and partnerships will continue on the Boca Raton campus and at HBOI.

What will happen to students who are currently enrolled at the SeaTech?

Very few students are affected by this change. They are following faculty members and research projects to their assigned new locations.

FAU has been strong a supporter of green-energy initiatives. Will this continue to play a role in cost savings?

Yes. Green initiatives will continue to be pursued both for their value to the environment and the cost-savings they produce through increased energy efficiency.

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