ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Umpqua Community College has made some budget cuts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early June, the college’s board of directors voted to cut 13 faculty and staff positions. These positions included administrators, classified workers and faculty members.
Officials said they had to eliminate the positions because they’re expecting some budget cuts from the state.
“UCC’s budget is roughly 50% state allocation, 30% tuition and fees and 20% property taxes,” said Tiffany Coleman, a UCC spokesperson.
Coleman said cutting jobs was the last thing the board wanted to do, but it made the most sense.
She said “83% of UCC’s overall budget is dedicated to personnel costs."
"When the state makes a decision, and we learn what the allocation is for our institution, we know 83% of that has to cover our people. Something’s got to give,” Coleman added.
Board chair Steve Loosley said making these cuts was an extremely tough decision.
“As a board member, we are making decisions that impact people’s everyday lives,” said Loosley. “You know, we know that these are real people and real families.”
According to the college’s website, UCC has received more than $500,000 from the coronavirus relief fund since they closed in March.
That money has been allocated to 883 students.
However, Coleman said the college is trying to move forward.
She said all the students will be learning remotely for summer and fall term. She also said faculty are working hard to make remote learning as easy as possible.
“It’s been tough for all of us,” said Coleman. “I know they’re working on innovative ways to engage with students.”
Coleman said they’re still unsure when they will bring students and staff back to campus. However, she said they’re working to bring some students back in the fall for limited in-person lab sessions.