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CWU Could be Facing Deeper Budget Cuts Than Expected

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Lawmakers are still reviewing budget cuts for universities and it looks like the cuts may be higher than originally expected.

Central Washington University's president says right now its a waiting game and they don't know how much they're going to have to cut down but they're expecting anywhere from 5 to 20 percent.

This is part of the problem right now. The president says the university is working on rebalancing its budget to try to plan for the cuts but at this point they don't know how much to plan for.

The university is split into four divisions and the president says all the divisions are cutting down on 10 percent of their overall cost but they still don't know if this will be enough.

"It's very difficult for us to revise a budget to meet a target that different and the reason it's so complex is that there are state subsidy reductions, a potential tuition increase," said Jim Gaudino, CWU President.

The final cuts are expected to be released over the next few weeks.

The president says what they're trying to do is preserve the quality of education and the faculty and staff.

The university will be holding a forum tomorrow morning to further discuss this issue and let the community know what there are options are.