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FAMU summer school in doubt, too



FAMU president James Ammons told his cabinet this week that summer school is in danger because of budget woes. If classes are held this year, Ammons said they'll be much larger, according to minutes from the Monday meeting.

That's yet another university considering canceling or severely cutting back summer classes because of the budget crisis. UF president Bernie Machen, facing another $16-million cut in the current-year budget, announced earlier this month that summer school might have to go and enrollment might be cut.

USF administrators, anticipating this year's budget will be cut by $13-million on top of the $12-million already cut a few months back, also are reevaluating summer school. Thursday, they raised the spectre of an enrollment cut.

Ammons told his cabinet he anticipates the current-year FAMU budget will be cut by $4.6-million in coming weeks, for a total cut of $18-million this year. And statewide, university officials fear the 2008-09 budget will be even more painful.

"Nobody will be shielded," Ammons said, warning of a hiring freeze.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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