Schools Paint Gloomy Picture if Cuts Ordered

By: AP
By: AP
University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway says higher education in Kansas would suffer if the state forces colleges and universities to cut 7 percent from their budgets in the next two years.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway says higher education in Kansas would suffer if the state forces colleges and universities to cut 7 percent from their budgets in the next two years.

Kansas budget director Duane Goossen asked the schools to make a list of possible cuts, with two scenarios in mind: A 2 percent cut this year and 5 percent cut next year.

That would mean about 14.7 million dollars in cuts at Kansas. Hemenway said such action could turn back years of recruiting and hiring of faculty.

Hemenway says the 5 percent cut would mean laying off between 100 and 125 employees on the Lawrence campus, with an additional 125 to 150 jobs cut at the KU medical center.

Hemenway said technology budgets would be cut further, which could result in students who aren't prepared for the technology-rich corporate world.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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