“We chose to eliminate programs that were low priorities within the departments and programs where relevant, reliable information was available to clients from another CAES department or from USDA,” Angle said.

Angle said highly publicized tuition and student fee hikes left many legislators and taxpayers with the impression the university wasn’t really cutting the budget.

“Not only has the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences taken bigger cuts and lost more positions than the rest of the university over the past three years, the cuts are real and permanent for us,” Angle said. “Unlike other colleges within the university that can offset budget cuts with tuition increases, we benefit very little from tuition.”

The ag college is funded differently from other UGA colleges because Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations are separate state budgets from the university’s instruction budget. Those two organizations’ funds make up the majority of the college’s state budget allocation. Neither gets any funding from university tuition.

“Making permanent decisions like selling land and laying off employees are never easy decisions,” Angle said. “But, we are out of options. We must make decisions that will help us function effectively long-term as a much smaller college.”