Friday, May 6, 2016

Budget cuts force North Dakota universities to take multi-faceted approach - Anna Burleson, Forum News

Lake Region State College President Doug Darling has had to make difficult decisions. Lower than projected enrollment at Lake Region State College created a $400,000 budget shortfall, which was followed with a state mandated 4.05 percent cut to the school's 2015-17 appropriation. Soon, the total budget problem ballooned to about $1.5 million. For now, the school is suspending eight music courses, laying off two employees, limiting salary increases to one percent for those who make less than $41,750, closing the Farm Business Management office in Northwood, N.D., and not refilling four positions. The future isn't looking much brighter.

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