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More cuts could come for Georgia colleges

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Board of Regents ordered all colleges and universities to send in budget plans with another 4% reduction for this fiscal year. That's on top of deep cuts already made.

Albany State Senior Vice President Larry Wakefield says more cuts may mean fewer services for students.

"Basically, that means we're putting more on the backs of students. The things that the state's not going to fund, we're having to pay for with student tuition and because we're having to do what the state has been paying for with student tuition, now we have less money to hire the new faculty and staff we need to help students. So bigger classrooms, all that sort of thing that we've been dealing with the last two years will continue to go on as long as we keep cutting back on the state appropriations."

Any reductions adopted this fiscal year will carry over into next year when federal stimulus dollars are also expected to run out.

 

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