UNL faces budget cuts due to the pandemic

The University of Nebraska overall is looking at a $43 million budget shortfall.
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(LINCOLN, Neb.)- The University of Nebraska overall is looking at a $43 million budget shortfall. Officials say it was created by the coronavirus pandemic and lower than expected tuition revenue.
The biggest proposed cuts are for UNL. It’s recommending eliminating nearly $19 million in faculty and staff positions, over the next three years. It also calls for cutting some academic programs, like textiles, dance, and hospitality.
“I don’t know a lot of the details but I was a little upset for the students who are in those programs,” said Sara Gomez, a UNL graduate student. “I just know for my program being cut, I’d be really upset and I’d want someone to do something to help me and maybe find me something else to do.”
Some of the job cuts will include vacant positions that won’t be filled. These proposals will be reviewed by UNL’s academic planning committee, which will also hold public hearings. Again, these plans would be carried out over a three year period. So, current students could still complete their classes and graduate.
The planning committee is expected to give it’s final recommendations to the chancellor in November.

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