East Carolina University has slowed down on hiring after taking a look at the budget state lawmakers set for this year.
ECU administrators say they'll lose $10.4 million this school year. That's a 3.7% cut. ECU says it adjusted to the projected cuts by not hiring as many people.
According to ECU News Bureau, Some positions were held open until they had the budget in hand. Now that the new numbers are in, they're adjusting to how many people that can hire with the lost of funding.
We're told positions are being filled just be fewer in number and if jobs are eliminated, ECU says teaching positions would not be cut.
We spoke to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Rick Niswander, who says these cuts add up to a bigger issue.
"If you look at 3.7%all by itself it's not that much, but in the last four years this cut adds to about a 30% cut in appropriations. You can't cut your budget by 30% and not have some kind of effect," said Niswander.
While some feel increasing tuition is one way to make up for the loss, we're told that has no bearing on why there are tuition increases.