DENVER
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Higher Education Bracing For Tuition Increases, Layoffs Under Governor's New Budget

The president of the Colorado Community College System says "everything is on the table" as higher education braces for yet more painful cuts.

Gov. Bill Ritter last week announced intentions for an additional $145 million in cuts to higher education as officials attempt to close another shortfall -- this time for $271 million. The $145 million comes on top of $80.9 million already slashed from the higher education budget back in August. At the time, officials were attempting to close a $318 million shortfall.

Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, said teachers, administrators and programs might be cut as a result. She added that tuition might increase for students, at a time when community colleges in Colorado are looking at a 19 percent growth in enrollment.

"This cuts deeper for us than it does for other places that are not growing as strong as we are," said McCallin.

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