The University of North Carolina System president says hundreds of employees will be let go at its 16 universities.
Erskine Bowles told WTVD in Durham that the state's universities will lose some 400 to 500 employees.
"We're gonna lose hundreds of people. It's gonna have a real effect on the University," Bowles told WTVD.
He told the Durham TV station that class sizes will grow, faculty-student ratios will worsen, and security personnel will be trimmed.
Earlier this week, ECU trustees met and ordered cuts of 7% and up to 150 jobs be trimmed.
The UNC Board of Governors are meeting this afternoon in Chapel Hill to go over cuts at the state's universities.