UC deficits put pressure on dean

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A $7 million deficit at the University of Cincinnati’s largest college and a mini-mutiny against the dean have UC’s campus buzzing this spring.

The shortfall at the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences will take three or four years to recover. It’s the biggest chunk of a $12 million overall deficit from the dozen colleges UC operates on its main campus, some of it caused by the conversion to semesters last summer.

With A&S Dean Ron Jackson in his first year and the strain of offering classes for students in nearly every major, the college has been a focus. Two associate deans have resigned, calling Jackson unprepared. Department heads have appealed to UC’s top executives, urging an intervention.

So far, President Santa Ono and interim Provost Larry Johnson are supporting Jackson.

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