AUSTIN (KXAN) - To reduce costs and repurpose resources to better serve studentneeds, the Texas Union Board of Directors gave its support onFriday to phase out the Texas Union’s
Full-time staff affected by the closures will be offeredpositions at their current salary levels in other areas within thedivision.
The decision to close the Cactus Cafe and the Informal Classesprogram was made to minimize the impact of budgetary reductions onstudents and to protect student core services. President WilliamPowers Jr. recently asked all university departments to prepareplans that prioritize reductions.
“Student Affairs works closely with students, and ourservices and programs are the direct result of thosepartnerships,” said Juan Gonzalez, vice president for studentaffairs. “Regardless of economic circumstances, we arecommitted to repurposing resources for the maximum benefit of ourstudents.”
Both the Cactus Cafe and Informal Classes were largely used bynon-students, and in recent years both programs requiredsignificant subsidies to remain in operation.
“Although popular with some audiences, these programs areno longer profitable and do not fit within the core student missionof the Texas Union and Student Affairs,” said Wm. AndrewSmith Jr., executive director of University Unions.
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