ECU Institutes Hiring Freeze, Mulls Budget Reductions

East Carolina is one of many schools in our state that is being asked to make a budget reduction plan.

State officials say there could be cuts for next year of 15 to 20 percent.

According to Dr. Rick Niswander, the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, if that big of a cut did happen it would affect students and faculty.

Right now there is a hiring freeze at ECU except for critical positions, but with a bigger cut that could mean some employees contracts might not be renewed. That would mean bigger classroom sizes for students and maybe less class options that could make it harder to graduate on time.

Another option to deal with the financial difficulties would be to hike tuition. Board of Trustee members will take a look at that when they meet Friday.

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