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WSU budget plan includes 370 job cuts

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State University will cut about 370 jobs and eliminate several academic programs as part of its preliminary plan to cut $54 million from its budget.

The plan was announced Friday by President Elson Floyd.

The job losses will occur on all four of the university's campuses and on research and extension units statewide. Of the jobs, 165 are unfilled positions, while the remaining 206 are currently filled and will be eliminated.

"In making these reductions, we have tried to be strategic in preserving academic and research quality. Especially in these difficult budget times, we cannot be all things to all people. We believe these cuts will, to the greatest extent possible, position us to emerge from this economic crisis as a stronger university," said Floyd.

Floyd also said that the university plans to provide at least a 90-day notice to permanent staff who are given notice of separation.

The release of the preliminary budget will be followed by a month of discussion. WSU leaders expect to finalize the plan around June 1.

Under the budget plan, the IMPACT Center will close, university advertising expenditures will be virtually eliminated, the university's nine learning centers in communities around the state will close, many Extension offices across Washington will be consolidated, Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman campus will be run on a self-supporting basis without state funding, the travel services and accounts payable offices will be consolidated and general custodial and maintenance services will be reduced.

Academic programs slated for elimination include sport management, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Community and Rural Sociology and the major in German.

Floyd and Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly will hold an open forum to discuss the budget plan at noon Monday (May 4) at the Compton Union Building Auditorium on the Pullman campus

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