University of Puerto Rico fiscal plan to be openly discussed
SAN JUAN – The interim president of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Dr. Darrel Hillman, announced Tuesday that he will present the institution’s fiscal plan to different sectors of the university community before the school’s governing board submits the final version to the island’s fiscal oversight board on March 9.
“The plan is still being reviewed. As soon as it is ready, I will present it to the University Board to listen to the recommendations of the students, professors and other sectors. We want participation and to listen to other proposals for the benefit of our University,” Hillman said in a written statement.
The educational institution’s release says UPR governing board Chairman Walter Alomar agrees with the move, but rejected claims that campuses would be eliminated and professors’s pay would be cut.
“The process of analysis and consultation continues. The deans have already prepared proposals that are being evaluated. We are looking for alternatives that do not affect the academic offerings we provide to our students. What has been considered is the consolidation of administrative functions,” attorney Alomar Jiménez said in the release, adding that the plan will be published on the university’s website, www.upr.edu.
The UPR president said he will discuss the draft fiscal plan at the next university board meeting and then submit the revised document for approval by its governing board, which will be responsible for evaluating the plan and formally submitting it to the island’s fiscal board.
The oversight board’s original deadline for the school to hand in its fiscal plan was Feb. 9. However, the deadline was extended to March 9.