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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 14, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The State Chancellor says Georgia's public colleges may be forced to limit enrollment because of surging college enrollment and budget cuts. 

In his state of the university system address, Chancellor Erroll Davis told the State Board of Regents that colleges have seen their budgets cut by $182 million, while adding 23,000 more students.

Albany State University has a record spring semester enrollment of more than 4,100 students. ASU officials say it's not time to limit students, as more unemployed people are headed back to college for skills to get back to work.

"The more people who are marketable in a particular community, that brings other wealth in and other types of activities and events. So that strengthens the market," Said Dr. Joshua Murfree, Albany State Executive Asst. to President.

Chancellor Davis told the Board that merging historically black universities, like Albany State, with traditionally white campuses, like Darton College, might save some money, but would be detrimental to students, and said that was not a solution to the system's budget crisis.