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University System of Georgia hires in economic downturn as other state agencies shed jobs

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ATLANTA — While the rest of state government eliminated 10,000 jobs during the Great Recession, the University System of Georgia added more than 5,000 employees.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports some schools increased staff by as much as 45 percent while students faced increases in tuition and fees. Colleges say they needed to hire staff to keep pace with increasing enrollment.

During the same period, the state cut nearly $300 million from University System funding, and the system turned to students to cover hiring costs.

Unlike other state agencies, the State Board of Regents can raise tuition and fees to offset budget cuts.

System spokesman John Millsaps says enrollment has increased 17.7 percent systemwide in the past five years. The system has seen cutbacks since the recession.

Colleges have increased class sizes and reduced the number of course sections offered, furloughed faculty and staff and required some professors to teach more classes. Hours have also been reduced at libraries and tutoring centers.

But there have also been gains, including new construction, high-priced administrators, new academic programs and football teams.

Millsaps said the system is making several moves to make the system more efficient. Some schools are merging, for example.

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Riverman1 07/16/12 - 05:00 am
Keep turning out more worthless degrees

As long as the money comes their way, they'll keep turning out students who shouldn't be in college. These young people will have worthless degrees and student debts large enought to keep many of them in poverty the rest of their lives. This is so misguided. About 75 percent of them should be learning trades out in the real world at zero cost to the taxpayers.

seenitB4 07/16/12 - 08:57 am

They would sign a grasshopper up if he signs his name on the paper!

hishpv 07/16/12 - 05:52 pm

I guarantee you that ASU didn't get any new staff. Neither did any of the "regular" state schools. The big research schools probably hired ... but they have deep pockets of their own.
Come to think of it, a grasshopper that could sign his name would be kinda interesting . . .

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