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NCCU to cut 17 jobs

Posted April 23

— North Carolina Central University will lay off 17 employees and cut 38 vacant positions because of budget cuts, Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said in a statement Wednesday.

The layoffs come after more than $60 million in budget cuts to the university in the past decade, including $3.7 million in cuts during the past fiscal year, the statement said.

Personnel costs comprise three-fourths of the university’s budget.

“We recognized that to achieve efficiency, reinvestment and reduction targets, we would have to sustain significant position loss,” the statement said.

To reduce spending, the university has previously hired adjuncts and temporary employees with time-limited contracts to fill vacant positions.

Affected employees will be notified the first week of May. They will be offered job search support services and free workshops.

“We understand that the impact to members of the community makes this an extremely sensitive time for all of us,” the statement said. “As a community, we will exercise patience, understanding and compassion in the weeks and months to come.”

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  • Let-it-be-said Apr 24, 9:15 a.m.

    NCCU's undergraduate program is in trouble, with 98% of students on financial aid and a graduation rate below 15% and they have been through so many leaders because of financial mishandling of course there will be money problems.

  • rduwxboy Apr 23, 7:55 p.m.

    Campbell has the opportunity to raise tuition and charge as they see fit. NCCU does not, they are bound by he legislature, NC State has had $80 million in budget cuts and lost 600 positions in the past couple of years. Most people don't realize that when the legislature raises tuition, it doesn't go to the schools, it goes to the general fun instead.

  • issymayake Apr 23, 4:00 p.m.

    Campbell also has the ability to raise tuition when needed Let-It-Be-Said. If Campbell had suffered budget reductions of 60 million dollars over the past six years, they would be dire straits as well.

    The cuts absorbed by NCCU are more than we're currently budgeted. This should be alarming for any citizen of North Carolina who supports public higher education.

    NCCU's financial situation is not ideal, but we are by no means in decline.

  • tracmister Apr 23, 3:19 p.m.

    Get ready, because the cuts are going through all the universities and public schools. The good news is that there were huge tax cuts for the rich. At least Art Pope is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Let-it-be-said Apr 23, 2:45 p.m.

    There is a story about Campbell University and how well they are doing; student enrollment is up and programs have expanded. And here we have an HBCU following all HBCU's in decline.