University of Kansas announces program cuts

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has announced cuts to several programs, totaling nearly $1.3 million in an effort to deal with a $7 million cut in funding by the state.

Provost Neeli Bendapudi announced the cuts on Wednesday, The Lawrence Journal-World reports. Programs that will take significant budget cuts include Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas Geological Survey.

Bendapudi said the cuts make up less than half of what will be needed to be made at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses this year.

Other cuts that were announced include a $300,000 reduction in international programs, $70,000 from the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute located on the Edwards campus and more than $400,000 in the faculty cluster hire program.

The goal of the cluster hire program is to hire faculty members from various disciplines to focus on a common theme, such as water reosources, so more innovative research is generated.

Officials at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City say they will face significant difficulties this year as they handle an additional $3.7 million in cut state funding for the medical school.

Jill Hummels, a spokeswoman for the provost’s office, said the rest of the cuts will not be announced until after the official enrollment headcount at the university is completed in September. Hummels said funding for several programs, including some in the business and engineering schools, is based on enrollment.

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