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Radford University facing cuts amid sequestration battle


Radford University will experience cuts, as the sequestration deadline looms. The school receives about $4 million a year in federal funds, and much of that is earmarked for a technical assistance program for teachers.

"We will experience anywhere between a 10 to 15 percent cut in that particular program which will create some significant turbulence out there across the high schools and grade schools in southwest Virginia," said Dennis Grady, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

According to Grady, these cuts could lead to future cuts in teachers, and grants in the works aimed at producing higher math test scores on the SAT.

"That we won't be able to teach as many high school math teachers potentially in the future, that we won't be able to assist students, professors, or teachers in special education in the future, that's the frustrating part," said Grady.

At Virginia Tech, university leaders say it is simply too soon to speculate about the impact sequester cuts could have on campus, but they do say that less money in the federal pot, means stiffer competition for that funding.

The research portfolio at Tech for fiscal year 2011 was a whopping $450 million. According to university leaders, about 80 percent of the money comes from the fed.

"Student aid, Virginia Cooperative Extension/Ag Research, and then various kinds of sponsored research projects, might be, we don't know how, might be affected," said Larry Hincker, Associate Vice President of University Relations.

So while cuts at one of the areas two largest universities are probable, leaders at Virginia Tech say it could be months before they know the impact to their school.



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