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UAS eliminates 4 Juneau jobs to meet budget

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau will eliminate four positions as it deals with a $2 million deficit this year.

State funding for the university system was cut by more than $8 million this year, and more than $1 million of that was at the Juneau campus, the Juneau Empire reported (http://is.gd/sAAen9). On top of that, employee salaries and benefits increased by about $750,000 this year, and campus officials anticipate $205,000 less in tuition because of declining enrollment.

Of the four positions to be eliminated, two were open and won't be filled. The retirements of 12 others at the end of the academic year also will help, and the university will close a building and a bookstore, which had declining revenue, to help meet the budget.

"A lot of students have been buying their books online," UAS Chancellor John Pugh said.

The University of Alaska Anchorage, with 20,000 students, has cut 18 positions to help meet budget cuts.

About 40 positions were cut at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which has about 10,000 students.

The University of Alaska Southeast has about 4,000 students.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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