LEE COUNTY, Fla.- FGCU's president broke the news to the board of trustees today. The cuts are more than $3.6 million.
One million of that will slash a dozen vacant faculty positions and reduce some salaries. 94 positions from various departments will go. The Division of Academic Affairs took the biggest hit. Dr. Wilson Bradshaw said the state cuts were expected.
"The increase in class size will have an impact. I don't think we are at the critical line, but we have to watch that," said Bradshaw.
In addition, more than 80 student positions will also be eliminated. That includes more than thirty at the library and more than ten in the area of student support service and career development.
The university also cut funds for technology upgrades, student recruitment and travel.
Dr. Bradshaw said, "I think students will feel it in not having maybe sections of a course available in the rotation that will facilitate heir graduation."
Students said this may put their future in jeopardy.
Student Spencer Sapka said, "There are a lot of good teachers so if some of them leave that is sad."
Student Yami Vierasim said, "Overral it is affecting a lot of our students especially those who want to be productive and want to do work."