Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Texas universities forced to trim their budgets, even with big state cuts averted - Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune

Leaders at many of the state's top public universities have ordered across-the-board budget cuts for the next school year, even though they avoided their worst funding fears during the 2017 legislative session. The massive state funding cuts Texas higher education officials dreaded never materialized this year. But that doesn't mean their public universities are out of the woods. Most of them — even some that received slight funding boosts from the state — are asking their staffs to cut costs for the upcoming school year. University of Houston President Renu Khator has asked academic departments to cut 2.5 percent from their budgets. University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves ordered a $20 million spending cut, which amounts to a 2 percent reduction. Texas A&M University administrators are sticking with a planned 1.5 percent cut, while Texas Tech University departments were told to trim 1 percent from their budgets.

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