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FSU braces for the worst as USF, UF do same



The bleeding continues.

After a six-hour meeting dominated by depressing budget discussion, FSU's board of trustees laid out what actions they'll likely have to take if the state cuts the university's budget by another 4 percent this year and more next year, as anticipated.

It's not a pretty picture: 118 faculty and 100 staff layoffs, 448 class sections reduced, enrollment reduced by 1,000, and larger classes are among the cuts discussed Friday. That means it will take longer to graduate, and faculty that don't flee this ailing state won't have as much time to do research.

FSU, like other state colleges, doesn't know for sure yet how much more of its base budget it will lose this year and in 2008-09. For now, there's a hiring and freshman enrollment freeze, and bery little travel.

UF president Bernie Machen this week changed his mind and decided he won't cancel summer school, but he's facing a $16-million loss before the year ends June 30, so layoffs or other measures are likely.

USF this week froze hiring and travel and is looking at ways to trim its budget by 15 percent. Already, USF lost about $12-million of its budget this year and could lose another $13 to $14-million for the rest of the budget year.

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


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