Underwood: Proposed $5.9 million budget cut to UOG would be disastrous

Former Guam Delegate and UOG President Robert Underwood (file photo)

Guam – University of Guam President Dr. Robert Underwood says the proposed cut of nearly $5.9 million from the university’s budget would lead to disastrous consequences.

Underwood says over the past three years, the university has already suffered severe cutbacks, which has had a cumulative negative effect on the quality and depth of education opportunities on island. If the university is shorted another $5.9 million, Underwood said it would impact the classes offered, hiring, research projects, and facilities and maintenance, among other things.

“We’re trying to start up a School of Engineering. We’re trying to start up research projects. We have a potential of getting a $20 million grant but that needs matching money. We need to come up with resources. So by cutting us, you’re not just cutting the money, but you’re also cutting the potential growth of the university. Ultimately it needs to be understood that you’re jeopardizing educational opportunity for thousands of people,” said Underwood.

Since the budget cuts are not set in stone yet, Underwood urges island leaders to find another approach to address the projected shortfall instead of cutting funding to the island’s education.