Chancellor Randy Woodson says the 15 percent cut in state funding to NC State will result in the loss of the equivalent of 753 full-time positions, larger classes and less flexibility for students trying to schedule their classes.
But Woodson also says, in an open letter to the university community posted today, that NC State was able to lessen the impact of the cuts because of earlier efforts made to find ways the university can operate more efficiently and effectively.
Most of the staff and faculty positions that were eliminated were vacant, with just over 100 of them filled. Woodson said students may have more difficulty completing minors because of decreased instructional capacity, and noted that the Poole College of Management has increased the size of some of its accounting and economics classes to more than 350 students.
“I will be the first to say that this has been a painful process, but we knew it was coming,” Woodson said in the letter. “By understanding the budgetary environment and thoughtfully planning for reductions, NC State has positioned itself to continue moving forward.”
Further details on the budget cuts can be found here.