The library at Central Connecticut State University, one of the schools in the Connecticut college system. Credit: CCSUDespite millions of dollars in cuts this year the state’s college and university system is facing a $5.5 million deficit for the fiscal year that ends July 1.
Finance officials for the state’s Board of Regents for Higher Education learned this week that cutbacks in staffing and other budget reductions, including a hiring freeze that was intended to stave off a budget shortfall, have not worked and the board will have to take additional cost-saving measures, according to the Connecticut Mirror.
"The situation seems pretty dire," the Mirror quotes Gary Holloway, chairman of the Board of Regent’s finance committee. The committee, Holloway added, has not yet determined how to make up the shortfall.
The cuts made earlier by the Board of Regents eliminated 400 staff members from the college system and saved it $14.8 million, the Mirror reports.
Those cuts proved controversial with students and staff, some of whom protested and complained that the state is giving the system much less attention than it does the University of Connecticut, which is not part of the state college system. Students this year also protested the state college system’s decision to hike tuition by more than 5 percent for in-state commuters and 4 percent for in-state students who live on one of the four university campuses.