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President Ashley Responds to Govenor Patrick’s 9C Budget Cuts

October 29, 2009
By: Worcester State University News

Due to today’s announcement of 9C budget cuts, Worcester State College will see a 7 percent reduction in state appropriations. This brings the college to pre-1999 funding levels. The college has seen a 22 percent reduction in state funding since FY 2008.

All of the $1.5 million reduction will be offset by federal stimulus dollars. This one-time allocation will be primarily used to fund college utility costs. In addition, unfunded fringe benefit costs due to the 9C cuts must be provided for within the existing operating budget. We will strive to reduce the impact of these cuts on student and academic programs.

Moving forward, the college will be formulating its strategy for FY 2011 and FY2 012 budgets. This poses a significant challenge as no federal stimulus dollars will be on the table beyond FY 2011.

The college’s leadership team will be meeting weekly through December to address this issue. We will be reaching out to departments for their input. We look forward to working with all of you in an inclusive process.


President Janelle Ashley

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