(KCPW News) Utah's colleges and universities are now dealing with a four percent budget cut, which was reduced by the Legislature from an original proposal of eight percent. University of Utah P. R. Director Coralie Alder says she appreciates the governor and legislature's fiscal responsibility and is pleased the cuts were reduced. But she says administrators are not yet sure where they will cut $10.5 million from the budget.
"This is news that we are just really looking at right now and trying to better understand how best to deal with the cuts so we don't disrupt, or minimize the impact on our students, that is certainly important for us, and so how we do that campus wide is a decision that needs to be made here in the next couple of weeks," Alder said.
Alder says the University will not be raising tuition for next semester. However, she doesn't know yet whether it will go up for the 2009 school year as a result of the cuts.
"Certainly this is a substantial cut for the U, but our intention is to manage it as best as we can so that these cuts don't diminish the quality of our education. We just feel like students have planned for their education and we certainly don't want to disrupt those financial plans at this time," Alder said.
Alder says the president will now get together with the deans of the colleges to determine how to best make the cuts in each individual department.