Wednesday, June 1, 2016

UConn Feels Sting Of Budget Cuts - Kathleen Megan, Hartford Courant

UConn leaders voiced concern Wednesday that budget constraints that have slowed faculty hiring could lead to larger classes, weaker student retention, lower graduation rates and a longer road to graduation. "We're seeing some slippage," UConn President Susan Herbst told members of the trustee's financial affairs committee Wednesday. "This is going to happen across the board, whether it's research productivity or the time it takes for students to graduate or retention. The more the budget cuts hit us, the more these indicators will slip." Faced by cutbacks in state funding and the need to close a potential budget gap for next year of $69 million, the university has had to slow its faculty hiring, with a resulting drop in the ratio of faculty to students from 1-to-16 to 1- to-17.

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