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ERIC Number: ED359518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 9
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The Effect of Budget Cuts at the University of Georgia.
Moran, Michael G.
When budget cuts affected the English department at the University of Georgia in 1991, the writing program was never cut sharply but did suffer in three important ways: class sizes in the freshman program went up, the department replaced full-time with part-time faculty, and a new assistant professor of rhetoric was not hired. Now most freshman courses in English are taught by teaching assistants and some part-time instructors. The junior-level and graduate level writing courses are stretched because of lack of adequate faculty. The biggest change due to the recession is that teachers now must have more students per class. Despite attempts by the administration to manipulate the given situations, class size in freshman English crept up from 17 to 18 to 19, ending finally at 22, although the Dean tried to push it to 25. The recession changed the way part-time faculty were hired and retained, and also caused the university to impose a hiring freeze. This freeze caused the English department, which lost 8 professors out of 47 due to professors retiring or taking jobs elsewhere, to be hard hit. While that situation has seen some improvement, class sizes and fewer part-time instructors are difficult problems that are not going away, since it may be 3 more years before funding returns to pre-recession levels. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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