The pandemic set back the University of Arizona financially resulting in planned furloughs to save on costs. Projected losses total at least $250 million. The UA’s Office of Business Affairs said the current furlough plan set to take effect Aug. 10 impacts 7,500 positions and would save the university about $70 million.
Students, faculty and staff critical of the university’s approach are making their voices heard through the Coalition for Academic Justice at the University of Arizona. The group includes several hundred faculty, staff and students, according to journalism professor and CAJUA member Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante. Gonzalez de Bustamante discussed the group’s concerns and the direction it would like to see senior leadership at the UA take instead.