The Associated Press
WNMU facing layoffs, cuts
ALBUQUERQUE — Western New Mexico University is facing layoffs, higher tuition and consolidation of classes amid a budget crunch.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Silver City-based university plans to slash spending by 4 percent and eliminate less popular courses.
WNMU President Joseph Shepard said the changes are needed because a projected 5 percent increase in student enrollment did not materialize. He said the university by the end of this month will cut spending for the remainder of this budget year by more than $1.3 million.
Officials say cuts will probably be a combination of layoffs and letting some vacancies remain unfilled.
Board backs alternative to test
LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces’ school board wants students to have an alternate path to graduate from high school without having to pass the state standardized test.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the alternate is intended to allow students to get a diploma even if they fail sections of the state test.
The alternative approved unanimously by the Las Cruces school board Tuesday night is based on a combination of criteria.
Those criteria include grade point averages, final exam grades, portfolios and work and extracurricular experience.