University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds proposes the four-campus university system make $30 million in cuts and raise tuition to deal with the budget cuts approved by the Unicameral.
“So, over the course of the next two years, we’ll have in total about $95 million gap to close,” Bounds told reporters during a news briefing.
Bounds proposes cutting university operations and sparing academics. Enrollment to attend the Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney campuses would increase by 5.4%; with a bit different tuition hike at the University of Nebraska Medical Center depending on the course study a student pursues.
Bounds presents his proposal to the Board of Regents Thursday.
Bounds said the cuts will fall hard on university operations.
“We expect more than 100 positions to be eliminated,” Bounds said. “Where possible, we will eliminate those positions through attrition. Obviously, services are going to be impacted. How we meet the needs of students will be impacted significantly.”
Tuition will increase equally on the campuses at Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney. Tuition hikes at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will vary depending on course study. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture would see a tuition increase of $6.50 per student credit hour next year and $4 the following year.
Bounds said his proposal also depends on enrollment growth on the four campuses.
“In my view, this state now more than ever needs the University of Nebraska to grow,” according to Bounds. “The state needs us to grow our enrollment, so that we can continue to meet workforce demands and grow (the) workforce, but we also need to grow our research portfolio if we’re going to meet the needs of Nebraska.”
Bounds says the budget proposal protects affordability and quality at the four campuses.
AUDIO: NU President Hank Bounds announces budget cuts, tuition hikes. [6 min.]