Western Looks for Ways to Make up for Possible Cuts in Funding

Administrators from public universities around the state are holding a collective breath as they wait to see if the state sends down more budget cuts for higher education this fiscal year.

One measure Western Kentucky University uses to tighten the belt is to cut down on full-time faculty.

Luther Hughes, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, said if the university is operating at full funding, administration would be able to hire 70 additional faculty. As it stands, they've hired additional part-time faculty to save expense.

If funding continues to decrease and enrollment continues to increase as it has for the past few years, Western will look at a number of other options, including another possible tuition increase, or even setting higher standards for admission to the university.