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Confronted with this evidence in a meeting with Delco and Doggett, President Rogers said, “All I know is what my and the System’s budget officers tell me.” These officers are University Vice-president for Business Affairs James Colvin \(who System Budget Director Frank Graydon. When Colvin was asked to explain, he changed the story twice. “They factored in the mandated increases all right, but if you will look over in the education section it says you may give increases on people earning over $10,500, and I don’t think they did on that.” When Colvin was told the LBB did put in the discretionary increase for faculty, he backed off again. “Well, one place I know they didn’t was on organized research,” Colvin said. Changes in policy toward organized research may be the key to understanding some budgetary deceptions. The budgets of almost all campus research centers have been seriously cut back, including those for engineering and technological research. The cuts average about 10 percent even after salary increases and they were not made for lack of money, although that is the official line. A policy cliange has been made: all Available Fund money which previously supplemented the research center budgets and more has been transferred to the University Research Institute. Some faculty feel this “prepares the ground” for the elimination of research centers and is a move to consolidate power. Said one professor, “It’s a move to put greater control of funds into the hands of a smaller number of individuals in the administration.” The University Research Institute is a central faculty research administration, managed by the Graduate School and apparently controlled by 22 faculty members on three review committees. URI grants salary support to individual professors on research leave. It funds sabbaticals the Legislature has failed to budget, as well as summer research leaves and under-$500 grants for short term projects. Rogers claims URI funds are available for research programs cut by her budget, but neither old nor newly revised URI criteria support that claim. Rogers admitted this week that URI rules were brought to her attention. URI money is available primarily for faculty salaries. Staff salaries and maintenance and operation expenses are rarely granted by URI, and only in “modest” amounts for “pilot projects” or “short term” projects. Lecturers, symposia, conferences simply are not funded by URI. URI funding was more than doubled in the budget, jumping from $330,000 to $800,000an increase of $470,000, which is more than all the other research cuts put together. The amount cut from all of organized research and general and comparative studies programs totals $332,720that’s $137,280 less than the increase to URI. Another interesting contrast to URI’s funding is the Division of Extension, which was cut $120,000 and has been supplemented by increasing the university’s fees for extension courses. Or the Measurement and Evaluation Center, cut $143,000; test fees have been substantially raised there. The latest effort to hide the URI shift, whether by craft or rote, came in a Sept. 26 letter to Representative Thompson from H. Eldon Sutton, associate dean of the Graduate School and administrator of URI. “When it became necessary to reduce the funds available for organized research this year, President Rogers recommended that there be an increase in funds available to the University Research Institute,” Sutton wrote. “This increase is of course smaller than the decrease in the budgets of organized research units.” Other indications support faculty fears of the elimination of research centers. Rogers has said she plans to appoint a committee to “look into the centers and establish criteria for establishment of new centers.” She also “had talked to people about appointing a committee” to study the viability of the Division of General and Comparative Studies \(which houses Black and Mexican American Studies, American, Asian, Middle Eastern Studies, Latin Rogers says she was advised not to appoint that committee. Regardless of “committee action,” the budget manipulations seem to point the direction that reorganization, if it occurs, is likely to take. October 17, 1975 15 MARTIN ELFANT SUN LIFE OF CANADA LIFE HEALTH DENTAL 600 JEFFERSON SUITE 430 HOUSTON, TEXAS 224-0686 Bob and Sara Roebuck Anchor National Financial Services 1524 E. Anderson Lane, Austin bonds stocks insurance mutual funds optional retirement program .e 95 ‘ _446 8;0 44670’ 0 1 os 0rce -1 t 0.C\( ctee o ce