Temple University has notified an estimated 20 to 30 non-tenure-track professors that their contracts might not be renewed in the 2011-2012 academic year because of possible state budget cuts, according to Dick Englert, Temple's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
"We simply don't know how much [the state] will provide us with," Englert said. "We need to be very prudent in providing notice in a conservative fashion."
Gov. Corbett's budget proposal will be released March 8, and he has pledged not to raise taxes. Given the deficit, some people in state government predict Corbett might ax the $690 million in subsidies that go to the schools in the Commonwealth System of Higher Education: Temple, the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, and Lincoln University. Commonwealth appropriations account for $178 million, or 17 percent, of Temple's budget, according to Temple officials.