UConn President: New state budget would “decimate university”

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst sent a message to students, employees and alumni that the approval of the state budget would “decimate the university.”

This message from the President Susan Herbst comes after the approval by both houses of the General Assembly that took place early Saturday morning. President Herbst’s message states that over the next two years, the approved budget would cut state funding to UConn and UConn Health by more than $309 million.

“That level of cut is unprecedented and would be devastating for UConn, higher education in Connecticut, and the state as a whole,” said President Herbst. “This would simply decimate the university.”

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Herbst sent out a partial list of what the budget would mean for UConn and the state. She says the budget could result in the closure of regional campuses and multiple academic departments, and potentially even schools and colleges.

Herbst also says the budget could mean the closing of UConn Health, eliminating majors and graduate programs, and devastating cuts to scientific and medical research programs. She explained the cuts could also mean for all students major reductions to need-and merit-based financial aid as well as the elimination of international programs and many Division 1 Athletics programs.

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy had already announced previously that he would veto the Republican plan; mostly because of large cuts to education.

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