Saturday, June 24, 2017

Most Texas universities escape dire state cuts - Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle

The state's top universities dodged major revenue cuts this session, but regional universities from the Rio Grande Valley to Clear Lake to Victoria weren't as lucky. In a tight budget cycle, losses of a few million dollars at some universities statewide will force these institutions to reevaluate programming and potentially eliminate positions. The $216.8 billion state budget awaits Gov. Greg Abbott's signature after being passed by the House and Senate. Even reductions of up to 10 percent, however, are far more forgiving than projections at the beginning of the session, when public universities feared that to stay afloat financially, they would need to lay off faculty, shut down classes and reduce services such as advising students.

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