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Layoffs and Cuts Abound for State’s Universities

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Colorado State University is poised to lay off 40 workers and hike tuition for state residents by 9 percent in an effort to come to grips with next year’s budget problems that interim President Tony Frank indicated could have been much worse. The school budget is 2 percent less than this year’s, reports the Fort Collins Coloradoan, in a story noting that Frank is seeking public comment on the changes.

The University of Colorado is also facing hard times, as The Denver Post reported late last week, anticipating cuts to 54 administrative positions and pay reductions for top officials.

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CU is also seeking to shut down the Silver & Gold Record newspaper, which has covered the university’s administration and faculty since the early 1970s, back when the Colorado Daily student newspaper went independent, following a clash with administrators. Members of the Silver & Gold’s editorial board are troubled by the decision, according to Inside Higher Ed, pointing out that the newspaper’s reports have at times upset administrators.

Elsewhere in the nation, universities are cutting sports programs, according to The New York Times. In March, Colorado College announced it would cut football, women’s water polo, and softball to salvage the budget (via the Colorado Springs Gazette).

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