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Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The University of North Carolina system says it has cut more than 3,000 jobs because of spending reductions required by the General Assembly in this year’s budget.

The university system said in a report Thursday that schools and other programs reported eliminating 488 filled full-time positions and 2,544 part-time or temporary workers. The Associated Press obtained the report in advance of a UNC Board of Governors committee meeting on the budget later in the day.

The Republican-penned budget required the university system to find $414 million in spending reductions – equivalent to an across-the-board reduction of 15.6 percent. It was part of a legislative plan to close a $2.6 billion shortfall.

Nearly 2,000 of the part-time positions eliminated were labeled as faculty positions, such as lecturers and adjunct faculty.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Ken

    At the rate Education is being cut, it will not be long before they can shut down our University system as there will be no Instructors to teach classes and companies will no longer be coming to NC except for low wage jobs that require no special education or training and then the state will be able to save the full cost of operating our school systems. What a way to save money only to spend it on increased law enforcement and prisons.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Many of those jobs were filled and paid for with temporary Federal dollars that have expired. Many more of those jobs were vacant, had never been filled, and now simply won’t ever be. The positions were done away with.

    We have actually made very few cut to true “education” and teaching positions.


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