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Universities Facing Cutbacks

January 24th, 2008 by flanews

For the first time in state history Floridas public universities could cut enrollment. The Board of Governors met today to discuss a proposed budget cut of 147 million dollars. Whitney Ray tells us how the cuts will affect current students and teens waiting to be accepted into any of Floridas 11 public universities.

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Facing a second round of budget cuts in less than a year, an already struggling University Systems Governors met to discuss how to make ends meet.

Its very difficult to compete with the great systems of this country when we dont have the financial backing to do that, said Board of Governors Chairperson Carolyn Roberts.

Florida already has the worst student to faculty ratio in the nation, with one tenured professor to every 30 students. The proposed cuts would affect both. Faculty members would likely be laid off and fewer students would be accepted into Florida Universities. Governor Charlie Crist has already voiced his opposition to another tuition increase. University presidents think a tuition hike may be the only option.
University of Florida President Bernie Machen fears that if something isnt done his school will have to cut programs.

We are being squeezed to the point where we are going to have to stop doing things unless we find a way to get more money, said Machen.

Despite the Governors opposition, the board voted to pursue an eight percent tuition increase next fall. The increase discourages FAMU Freshman Jazmine Bowman.

Im already in debt, said Bowman. Raising tuition even more would just cause more debt.

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