New Mexico State University considers faculty furloughs

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico State University may furlough faculty members to help trim $10.7 million from the budget.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the university is restructuring while enrollment declines and state funding drops.

University Provost Dan Howard says the faculty has been largely untouched by the process so far, and is the last place to look for cost savings.

He said furloughs are just one of the options up for consideration ahead of June budget decisions.

University regents unanimously nixed a 4.1 percent tuition and fee hike for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Low oil prices and state funding cuts are impacting public university budgets across New Mexico.

University of New Mexico tuition and fees will increase in the fall as the school anticipates a $7.9 million decrease in its budget. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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