Schaefer finalizes cuts for colleges

October 17, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

The Sun reported incorrectly Oct. 17 the size of the cut in the budget for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies. The actual cut will be $600,000, or 7.6 percent of its state budget of $7.9 million.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has finalized higher education budget cuts that go relatively easy on College Park while hitting some state institutions involved in Chesapeake Bay research.

The Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, which includes the Cooperative Extension Service, is taking the largest percentage cut -- $3.3 million, or 12 percent of its budget.


The agriculture institute may cut 4-H or agricultural extension programs to close some of its budget gap, said Robert E. Myers, assistant to the institute's president. "Everything is on the table," Mr. Myers said.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, which researches bay problems, will lose $7.8 million, or 7.6 percent of its state budget.

Towson State University and the University of Baltimore will take the largest budget cuts of any state schools, 4.7 and 4.4 percent respectively. Towson President Hoke L. Smith said the university will propose a 12 percent or 13 percent tuition increase for the spring semester to cover the shortfall.

"We're back in the historic place where we were when I got here, at the bottom of the feeding chain," said Dr. Smith, in his 13th year as president.

Mr. Schaefer's final decision on $19.9 million in budget cuts for the University of Maryland System comes after several weeks of jockeying between his office and the system's Board of Regents.

University of Maryland Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg, who had urged the governor to make smaller cuts in some research institutions, complimented the governor for compromising on his initial proposals released several weeks ago.

College Park will take a 2.3 percent cut -- $4.7 million. That is well below the 3.5 percent average.

The higher education cuts are part of a $450 million budget balancing plan proposed by Mr. Schaefer to close a projected deficit in the fiscal year that began July 1.

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