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Monday, August 17, 2009 - 10:26am

Budget Cuts Face State Universities as Semester Begins

It’s the first day of the fall semester and classrooms at many of Georgia’s state colleges are packed.

Unofficial results from schools across the state show enrollment numbers up as high as 15 percent. That means resources will have to be stretched to accommodate more students in the face of severe budget cuts and at least 3 furlough days.

Kathy Schoff is a spokesperson for Augusta State University. She says that institution has hired more part time professors and increased class sizes.

“Students really don’t notice anything as far as how we’re handling any of the budget reductions because the same quality instruction is going on in the classrooms and labs.”

That quality instruction may suffer when the Board of Regents calls for more cuts of either 4,6 or 8 percent to state school’s budgets.

Officials with the Board say they are waiting for approval from the Governor’s office before they decide how much to cut.