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Temporary hiring freeze announced at CT state colleges and universities

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A temporary hiring freeze was announced on Tuesday at all 17 campuses for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities as well as the system office.

President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Mark E. Ojakian said starting on Tuesday that there will be a hiring freeze for at least the remainder of the fiscal year.

“These spending control measures are necessary given our projected shortfall for the current fiscal year and the financial pressures being exerted on all CSCU institutions,” Ojakian said in a release on Tuesday.

Ojakian continued while this move is “not optimal,” they “only intend to implement these procedures for the short-term.”

Eyewitness News spoke to Ojakian on Tuesday, who said students will not see a negative change in their classrooms or within the education they receive.

"We are not going to disrupt how students are learning especially as the semester is getting ready to end," Ojakian said.

In addition to cuts and freezes, there will be a discussion next week about raising tuition, but the plan will not be to make up for budget cuts with higher tuition costs.

"I have consistently said I am not going balance the state's financial burden on the back of our students," Ojakian said.

For those wondering, of course CCSU has started it's process of replacing retired men's basketball coach Howie Dickenman. 

Ojakian said a case would need to be presented to allow for an exemption.

Four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College are part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University are part of that system, however, the University of Connecticut is not part of this group.

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