Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
(...) Every morning's headlines, every day's conversations remind us that we remain in the midst of an economic downturn unlike any in decades. Uncertainty sometimes seems our only certainty. But what has become clear is that we are living through much more than a bump in the road. Our economic landscape has fundamentally changed (...) At a time of new constraint, it will involve discipline and sacrifice. It will entail hard choices about what matters most (...) We confront sobering financial conditions as we pursue these commitments. As we reported in December, our planning for 2009-10 assumes that our endowment will have lost roughly 30% of its value in 2008-09 -- before subtracting the additional $1.4 billion that will go toward current operations. Such a significant decrease presents us with difficult tradeoffs (...) the deans, the provost, and I have agreed that salaries for faculty and exempt staff will be held flat in the next academic year. In addition, we are this week launching a voluntary early retirement program for which some 1,600 of our staff members will be eligible (...) In a separate letter today, I have described our intention to slow the construction of the Allston science complex and to reassess our plans beyond the current phase of construction. This is a difficult step, for both Harvard and our neighbors, but I am convinced it is a necessary one.(...) Planning for other Allston development will continue, but it will happen at a slower pace (...) Following a number of years of significant increases in the number of faculty university-wide, growth has slowed, but searches remain in progress to fill more than fifty open faculty positions across Harvard (...) In a time of dramatic and often disquieting change, it is important that all of us remember the enduring purposes of universities and the enduring legacy of this one in particular. We are a community of distinguished scholars, talented students, and dedicated staff -- teachers and learners defined by our ideas and discoveries, not by our financial resources. Let us keep those purposes foremost in our minds as we pursue our work together in changing ways for changing times.
jueves, febrero 19, 2009
Mientras Larry Summers intenta que el país gaste más, su sucesora en Harvard explica que tiene que gastar menos: