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Johnson C. Smith University trimming its budget


JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter shared disappointing headlines from other higher places of learning, and another will soon be added.

The headline from this university spells out the downsizing of jobs and freezing of positions.

Most of the cuts come from a specific area.

Dr. Carter said, "So the impact is within the administration and the staff."

Carter told reporters that JCSU has an annual operating budget in the neighborhood of 37 million dollars, but to provide a needed cushion to get by this year a decision was made to trim three million dollars.

The cost-cutting measures mean cutting 21 positions immediately and freezing 30. 

"It goes throughout the campus in terms of middle managers and senior managers," he said.

It will not affect professors and teachers in the classroom.

A number of factors are behind this decision.

JCSU has suffered from declining enrollment, and Carter also says that a number of students and families face hardships in receiving college loans.

Ahmad Wallace is a student who understands the hardships.

"It adds a lot of pressure on the students, because you're trying to better your future, "Wallace said. "The best thing is not to take out a lot of loan money."

Despite this level of right sizing, Dr. Carter also says building projects will continue.

"We will continue to grow. We have foundations, we have donors that continue to believe in the university's mission and vision.

Carter also said the school is also considering the outsourcing of jobs that include campus and health care services.

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