Regents Approve Budget Requests, Possible Cuts

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In what has become an annual occurrence, the state Board of Regents Tuesday approved budget reduction plans that, if enacted, would give college students fewer professors and courses to choose from and bigger class sizes.

Gov. Nathan Deal ordered most state agencies -- including the University System of Georgia -- to submit 2 percent spending cuts that would be implemented if the economy worsens. The system’s 35 colleges would lose about $34.8 million if the cuts are ordered.

While this would be one of the system’s smaller cuts, it follows reductions colleges have made the past several years. It also comes as students are paying 9 percent more in tuition and fees this year.

As the regents and staff began discussing the cuts, a group of about 20 college students started chanting and yelling. The students, members of the activist group Georgia Students for Public Higher Education, screamed "chop from the top" and "no fee hikes, no furloughs." They were immediately ordered to leave the meeting.

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