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San Jose State University Faces New Budget Cuts

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    Scott Budman has a preview report on coming cuts for San Jose State University. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013)

    More students and more money are coming into San Jose State University, but that does not mean budget cuts will be avoided.

    The cuts, which were first reported by NBC Bay Area Tuesday, are expected to hit virtually every department.

    AP reported that department heads learned late last week, days before spring registration was to begin, that they would need to slash programs immediately to keep budgets balanced.

    Shirley Reekie, the head of the kinesiology department, said she was told Thursday at 4 p.m. that she would need to cut 20 classes by 5 p.m.

    The coming cuts have both students and faculty angry.

    Students say it is already hard to get classes and cutting faculty will only make it worse.

    Most of the cuts will come at the expense of non-tenured professors, but they make up a large precentage of the staff.

    Administrators would not comment on camera, but confirmed the cuts.

    A university spokeswoman says she doesn't know how many classes or programs are being affected.
     
    The San Jose Mercury News reported
    that Dean Charles Bullock explained Monday in an e-mail that some faculty may lose part or all of their usual assignments or be asked to teach outside their primary area of expertise.
     

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