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NU president to discuss budget cuts with lawmakers

Posted at 9:53 AM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 23:16:47-05

On Wednesday, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds will address the legislative Appropriations Committee to talk about his budget. 

NU faces a slashed budget from declining state revenues. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts proposes system wide cuts of roughly $11 million for this year and $23 million for the following budget year. 

UNL's proposed cuts would include eliminating bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in geography, electronics engineering and arts history.

They also propose a deep cut to the Rural Futures Institute, which works with communities across the state and the closure of the Haskell Agriculture Laboratory serving 28 counties in northeast Nebraska. 

UNK would cut its men's baseball, tennis and golf teams. 

UNO would cut its Career Development Office in the College of Business. 

UNMC would do away with its Munroe-Meyer Institute developmental neuroscience division, the College of Public Health's community-oriented primary care program, the master of science nuring gerontology clinical specialist program, and the master in forensic sciences.

Dozens of staffing positions will also be eliminated across all four campuses. 

It could be late March or April before a final budget decision comes from lawmakers.