University of Kansas details response to budget cuts

Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 11:37 a.m. CDT; updated 12:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 9, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas officials said the school is responding to a drop in state aid by freezing or eliminating positions, offering fewer classes, and reducing staff.

Interim Chancellor Barbara Atkinson told a forum Wednesday that the school is being forced to respond to $32 million in lost funding. A later budget cut increased the loss to more than $36 million.

The university campus in Lawrence is operating with 121 fewer people. That includes 55 faculty positions that have been frozen, but Atkinson acknowledged that number is probably low.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will offer about 75 fewer classes in the fall and have 25 fewer graduate teaching assistants.

Seventy-nine positions have been eliminated at the University of Kansas Medical Center, with another 363 positions shifted to outside funding sources.

And, for the third time since 1972, university employees will not get regular merit salary increases.


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