March 01, 2010
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ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia released a list Monday afternoon of 4,000 layoffs and dozens of program eliminations that would be required should the General Assembly insist on taking another $300 million from the budget.
Lawmakers are searching for roughly $1 billion in savings to avoid a projected shortfall in next year's budget. Last week, they ordered the system to compile a list by Friday of the cuts it would make.
University System spokesman John Millsaps said the Friday deadline wasn't possible. The presidents of the 35 public colleges and universities forwarded their list of changes to the University System on Saturday for release to the public 4 p.m. Monday.
The changes include closing satellite campuses, elimination of certain majors, shorter hours at libraries and student centers and lower caps on enrollment among the various schools. The University of Georgia, for instance, would admit 500 fewer freshmen in the fall and accept 1,000 fewer transfer students.
Among the degree programs cut at certain schools would be nursing and dental hygiene, which are more expensive to teach but are also necessary to filling employment shortages.
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