CSU-Pueblo revising budget downward; up to 50 jobs at risk, loss of $3.3M

PUEBLO, Colo. - Colorado State University-Pueblo administrators are revising next year's budget projections and the new cuts could mean as many as 50 positions on campus will go dark in fiscal year 2015.

The combination of declining state revenues and declining enrollment on the Belmont campus is forcing President Lesley Di Mare to reassess next year's ledger and cut projections by $3.3 million.

The university likely won't be able to raise the tuition it charges students at the pace it originally planned and an expected increase in the number of students enrolled on campus isn't likely to materialize either.

Di Mare said Monday that her office is meeting with department heads to evaluate positions and come up with a plan for next year.

Part of the process is finding out which positions may come open through attrition and which will cost actual jobs on campus.

Nothing is set in stone and Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University system, is scheduled to come to Pueblo on January 17, 2014 to address the issue further and try to answer questions.

Read more in Tuesday's Pueblo Chieftain.

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