UW system expecting budget cuts

(WEAU) - "Reduce the number of courses available in the spring semester, " said Brian Levin-Stankevich, UWEC Chancellor.

Fewer courses and fewer temporary faculty contracts, is just one of the few ways the Chancellor says UW-Eau Claire will deal with a two million dollar cut.

“As a faculty member I find it very frustrating to see students who need to get into a math class, you know they were enrolled in the prerequisite of fall and expecting to get into the spring semester,” said Alex Smith, UWEC Professor of Math.

"We had to plan from the very beginning on some level of a lapse, when we got it we were surprised of how large it was,” said Levin-Stankevich.

Students also feel frustrated that tuition may increase by 5.5 percent.

"If they're raising tuition I would like to get a better education out of it so I don't know how they'll compensate for that or if they'll lose students," said Jenny Mackenzie, UWEC Junior.

Other universities are also dealing with tough decisions to balance budgets. UW-Stout is facing 1.77 million dollars in its budget cut.

"Were doing everything we can to preserve the education quality to do as much as possible and make sure our students don't feel it,” said Doug Mell, UW-Stout Spokesperson.

Meanwhile Mell says changes will be made to help the university.

"You know it's the usual suspects, travel, keeping certain positions open, major equipment purchases like new computers," said Mell.

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