Friday, April 29, 2016

Budget cuts leave some UW-EC students scrambling for classes to graduate - Eric Lindquist, Leader-Telegram

The stress level is running high at UW-Eau Claire this month. Not because of final exams. That traditional source of college anxiety remains three weeks away. This new campus distress signal arises from the class registration taking place throughout April, specifically from the inability of many students to secure seats in the courses they need to graduate on time. Rising complaints about class availability are a direct result of falling state funding for the UW System, students and administrators agreed. At UW-Eau Claire, the $250 million cut in state funding for the public university system in the 2015-17 budget translated to a loss of 15 percent of its workforce to absorb a $7.7 million reduction in state aid, a loss compounded by enrollment declines that cost the university an additional $1.5 million. The job losses came from a combination of buyouts, layoffs, resignations and retirements.

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