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Arkansas university makes cuts amid $3.2M deficit

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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) - Henderson State University is making cuts to balance its budget next fiscal year amid a $3.2 million deficit and declining enrollment.
    
The university's enrollment dropped from more than 3,600 in 2014 to more than 3,300 in 2017.
    
President Glen Jones announced last week to employees that the university had eliminated seven staff positions effective June 30. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette learned Tuesday that those positions include the director of international student programs.
    
Jones says the board of trustees will consider next week reducing the school's matching contribution to a teacher retirement fund from 10 percent to 5 percent and would "reinstate the full benefit in future fiscal years as resources are available."
    
Spokesman Tina Hall says the university also plans to reduce its adjunct faculty and overload budget by 35 percent.
    
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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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