Most colleges and universities across the US are facing cuts in state funding of up to 20%, and many are preparing by cutting administrative costs, hiring fewer faculty, and focusing their resources on already strong programs. Proposed state budgets aren't final yet; however, despite the fact that it only gets 4% of its $2.9 billion budget from the state, the University of Washington is bracing itself for hard times. The expected 13% cut in state funding, said President Mark Emmert, is "the worst in many decades." To compound the problem, the gloomy job market has spurred many to seek refuge in graduate school, meaning that the university must accommodate a spike in demand at the same time its budget is being slashed.
To contain the damage, the school is hiking tuition by about 7% and whittling down its administrative budget in...
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