By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
LAREDO, TX .- Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said that the cuts in university budgets will be 18 percent, a figure considered high but lower than expected.
The immediate effects will be more students in each classroom because inevitably there will be fewer teachers and will be unable to fill the vacancies they have.
He mentioned that 11 teaching positions were cut at the university and teacher and administrative staff salaries were frozen, as another way to save resources.
He said that teachers have to make a greater effort to attend classrooms with more students and try to not to reduce the quality of education.
Another negative impact of reduced state funding will be on financial aid for low-income students each semester to seek support programs.
He said that last year a total of 330 students received financial support from the Texas Grant program, which helps pay for tuition and books, while this year the number dropped to 175.
He stressed that the athletic program will not suffer any reduction and the university may maintain its sports teams such as basketball, baseball and soccer.
Dr. Keck noted that despite the reduction of state funds, the university is strong and there is great optimism to overcome the difficulties with great courage and strength.