Texas State officials have ended a two-year long “modified hiring freeze” after recieving the university’s largest increase in state funding in the past 10 years.
In fiscal year 2011, university officials created a “modified hiring freeze” that restricted the ability to hire new faculty and staff members due to limited funding from the state legislature. Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said the university recently received an increase in state funding because of heightened enrollment and more students taking credit hours.
Nance said in fiscal year 2011, the “modified hiring freeze” was enstated as a part of the university’s proposal to handle state funding reductions.
“We were all asked to prepare a plan as to how we were going to cope with cuts in state funding,” Nance said.
Gordon Thyberg, assistant vice president of Budgeting, Financial Planning and Analysis, said the state legislature determines the amount of funding each university receives based on semester credit hour rates. Funding is awarded based on a formula from the General Appropriations Act.
Thyberg said the university received an approximate $9.6 million increase in general revenue appropriation from state funding for the current fiscal year.
The university received $88.58 in state funding per semester credit hour for fiscal year 2014. The adjusted amount for inflation for the university was $67.23. The university had $81.20 per credit hour and $62.56 for the adjusted inflation amount in 2013.
“We wouldn’t plan on imposing that ‘modified hiring freeze’ again unless we get some sort of dire consequences from the state or some directive to again put in some sort of savings plan,” Nance said. “Right now, I don’t see that in the horizon.”
John McBride, assistant vice president of Human Resources, said the “modified hiring freeze” did not completely eliminate the ability to add new employees, but restricted and monitored the hiring of new faculty and staff members.
McBride said approval from the associated division vice president of each respective department was required for permission to hire new faculty and staff members under the freeze.
Thyberg said the university “will definitely hire more” faculty and staff, and there is “no doubt about it.”
“We’re going to see some increase due to the lifting of the freeze,” McBride said.
McBride said during the fall semester there are usually more hires than in the spring.
The money for additional salaries of new hires comes from the “State Funding for On-Going Operations” pool. For the current fiscal year 2014, the university recieved about $79.7 million from the fund. The amount was then adjusted for inflation at $60.5 million for the current fiscal year. In fiscal year 2013, the university received an estimated $70.1 million in state funding and the amount adjusted for inflation was $54 million, Thyberg said.