RICHLAND -- It appears impending cost-saving measures at Washington State University will leave the Tri-Cities campus fairly unscathed.
All instructors working at the Tri-Cities four-year college still will have jobs after the coming round of budget cuts and all academic programs will be preserved, according to preliminary plans announced Friday.
Friday's announcement was short on specifics after internet server issues prevented WSU from publishing the full-length plans on its website as originally planned.
The university has been told to cut $13.5 million from its budget this fiscal year, which ends June 31. The local campus' share of the cut is $477,000.
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The plan published Friday would achieve this by eliminating six positions at the Richland campus that had been vacant.
Four of the vacant positions are administrative and none of them is in student services, the release said.
Also, two instructor slots will be cut -- one at the business school and one in liberal arts. The two positions were going to be created to expand the programs and deal with rising enrollment, but those plans now are shelved.
Statewide, 32 university employees will lose their jobs. This might include instructors, although tenured faculty is exempt at this point, according to the announcement.
No programs will be cut at any of the campuses.
A discussion forum on the budget cuts is scheduled for noon Wednesday. It will be broadcast to the Tri-Cities campus.
Anyone can comment on the cuts at www.budgetplans.wsu.edu.
A final decision is expected to be made before the end of the year.