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UI mulls ‘scaled’ furlough

To cope with additional budget cuts that loom this year, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says the university is “looking seriously at the possibility of a furlough,” and is examining a scaled approach, in which lower-paid workers would see less furlough, but higher-paid employees would get as many of six days of unpaid furlough between now and the end of the fiscal year June 30. Looking ahead to next year, Nellis said, “We’re concerned about where we’re at, as far as the amount of dollars we’ve already cut in the university.” He said he’s optimistic about where the UI will be in two or three years, and his strategies include increasing enrollment, growing research funding, raising more private money, and expanding summer school and online offerings to help enhance the university’s financial position. “But these things take time to develop,” Nellis said. “The key is protecting what we have. I’m very concerned about taking further cuts from what we already have.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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