WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – The Connecticut board of Regents for Higher Education, Thursday, approved a recommendation to consolidate administrative personnel across the 17 colleges and universities and an operational consolidation plan at the 12 community colleges, to help meet serious budgetary challenges.

In a letter released Monday to the CSCU community, President Mark Ojakian said it has become abundantly clear the system’s operational costs are outpacing revenues, “creating a true structural deficit.”

Ojakian says his plan integrates “back office” functions, such as purchasing and human resources, at the various schools.

He’s also calling for a significant reduction of campus leadership at the community colleges.

Regents also approved a schedule of tuition increases. Tuition will increase 4 percent each of the next two academic years at the four regional universities, and 2.5 percent each of the next two years at community colleges.

State funding to the system has declined 12.4 percent in recent years, and Ojakian says the system faces a deficit of at least $38 million next fiscal year.

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