Laying Out Possible Layoffs

A university official says North Carolina State could lay off as many as 150 people by July 1 and cut 2009-2010 class offerings by 3,000 seats because of state-mandated budget reductions.

The News & Observer reported Thursday that university Provost Larry Nielsen said departments on the Raleigh campus already are trimming costs. The university expects a 5 to 7 percent budget cut for the fiscal year that starts in July.

Officials already have told 31 employees they will lose their jobs.

Budget cuts also will mean professors handling more classes, which will get larger.

N.C. State is one of 16 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. All the state universities face the 5 to 7 percent budget cut.

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