By Matthew Williams Editor
budget cuts. On November 9th, President Jeremy Travis made his annual “State of the College Address” to speak on the financial concerns of the school.
As a result of the State Legislature and Governor Cuomo’s disagreement on
CUNY’s budget, “The State passed a budget that included no new money for CUNY,” President Travis said.
“I don’t know the exactly why, but I know the consequences,” President Travis states. “This translates into a $51 million reduction in CUNY budget. This in turn translates into a three percent reduction in the John Jay budget, or $2.7 million.”
Travis continues, “every part of the college has taken a budget cut.”
Consequently, college officials will not hire new faculty members.
Any salary increase associated with the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), or the union of the faculty of CUNY, will come out of CUNY’s budget.
This will equal to $1.8 million in additional budget cuts for John Jay.
“I am really concerned about the professor’s pay,” said graduating Senior Jiwon Seo. “If we cannot retain or get good professors, it will eventually hurt the students. The professors getting benefits means the students are getting benefits,” Seo explained.
“We are struggling to arrive at a balanced budget,” Travis asserted. “This is a great school and the students coming here are getting a spectacular education. If we had adequate funding, we would have more full time faculty, more advisement, and stronger services.”
To combat John Jay’s financial struggles, President Travis and his team have developed a multi-year plan to
To expand locally, Travis has been making more online, summer and winter classes available for students.
“John Jay Online represents a critically important part of our future,” President Travis said.
Last summer, John Jay offered 28 more courses and made $700,000 in additional revenue.
“Imagine that we had not provided those courses and needed to cut that amount from our budget,” Travis says.
Next semester, John Jay will be conducting certificate programs in modern policing, law enforcement leadership and investigative psychology while other programs, such as cyber security, corporate social responsibility, and writing are in the developing stages.
Currently, John Jay has many majors in the works, such as cyber crimes, public health, and even a potential art major.
“These are all part of the long-term effect to expand the number of majors,” Travis explained, “expanding our majors is essential to our being a full senior liberal arts college.”
Travis stated, “We have set a goal of 164 international students this year, an increase of 20 over the last year.”
“If we bring out international student enrollment to the national average, we will bring in an additional $5.5 million a year.”
To attract more students, John Jay has launched a new ad campaign.
“Our primary audience will be young people considering their college choices, both graduate, and undergraduate,” Travis explains.
The new ads are
meant to be shared on social media accounts by the John Jay students. “We are counting on our students to put them on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” Travis states.
When asked about her thoughts on President Travis’ focus on international students, Sevilla said, “It’s great. It gets the opportunity for people.”
However, not everyone is happy to hear of President Travis’ plan to put more focus on acquiring international students.
“I understand, but I feel that CUNY is losing its way. John Jay is a public institution and should be serving the residents of New York,” says Christopher Espinoza, a Senior majoring in Public Administration.
“We haven’t been able to become the college we envisioned, and that would require additional funding. My job is to continue to provide as much the level of services our students deserve,” Travis states.