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Budget ax means big cuts at Gordon

The state legislature’s demand that the University System of Georgia cut its FY2011 budget by $200-$300 million will mean devastating cuts at Gordon College, one official says. ”We’ve been in emergency meetings all day. We have discussed cutting our entire education program. We have discussed cutting one nursing cohort. Everything is on the table. This is already a really lean operation,” GC vice-president for institutional advancement Rhonda Toon said Friday. The first programs to be cut here would likely be alumni affairs and community education. That would mean no music or swimming lessons on campus, no use of the swimming pool by area groups and teams and no institutional support for alumni gatherings. Students are also in the gunsights. Chancellor Erroll B. Davis said tuitions could rise nearly $800 per student this fall and the cuts demanded by the legislature amount to shutting down 23 of the system’s 35 units completely. In the meantime, you can e-mail your legislators regarding the matter. ronnie.chance@senate.ga.gov jim@votecole.com david.knight@house.ga.gov billy.maddox@house.ga.gov reptonysellier@msn.com

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