While Indiana mulls its next two-year budget, state colleges like Ball State University are waiting to learn if they’ll again receive less money from state coffers. President JoAnn Gora spoke about the budget process on the student radio station WCRD Tuesday night.
Gora says nothing is decided yet, but she hopes any budget cuts will not impact the students’ academic experience. In December of 2009, Ball State University was told by the Indiana General Assembly to cut more than $15 million from its budget over two years. In March of 2010, university officials announced a plan to do just that – with the biggest changes coming in employee pay and benefits. This year, the Indiana General Assembly is scheduled to conclude their business on April 29th. But a five-week Democratic walkout in the House might still affect that closing date.