FGCU braces for budget cuts

Posted at 10:46 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 06:19:54-04

The university will have its budget reduced by 8 million dollars, but students won't likely notice.

“It’s sort of, going on a starvation diet until you gain some weight," said Florida Gulf Coast President Mike Martin. 

FGCU's operating budget is being reduced by 6%, because it did meet state performance testing standards.

The university is delaying a planned dental school and won't fill vacant positions to make up for the budget cut.

“There are 5 areas I’m going to watch closely, Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Career Placement, and Campus Safety," said Martin.

He vows to protect academic programs already in place.  But Martin says the state's testing methods should be different for each of the 11 universities in the system.

“We are all for performance based funding, but I believe this, but one size can’t fit all.”

Martin's predecessor, Wilson Bradshaw also supports reforming the way schools are graded.

“We’re in the same system as the University of Florida, Florida State and the University of South Florida.”

Martin says FGCU will focus on improving student completion, that is ensuring students graduate in 4 years.