UConn Building, Enrollment Initiatives Collide With Fiscal Realities (CT Mirror)

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    Hundreds of beds in dorm rooms will be left empty at the University of Connecticut next school year – even though thousands of applicants were denied enrollment at the public university.

    The school can’t afford to hire the teachers and other staff necessary to accommodate more students. The tuition and fees a student pays cover about two-thirds of their costs, and the state is in no position to help UConn with additional funding to boost enrollment.

    Rather, UConn is bracing for sizable state funding cuts.

    So the budget UConn’s board adopted Wednesday is “about clinging to our accomplishments rather than dramatically moving forward in a way that we would have hoped,” Jeremy Teitelbaum, UConn’s interim provost, told the Board of Trustees.

    The excess capacity is the result of an ambitious 10-year plan to spend $2.4 billion through fiscal year 2024 renovating existing buildings and increasing the number of dorms, classrooms and labs to accommodate an additional 6,580 students at the Storrs and Stamford campuses – a 22 percent increase.

    Now, four years into the initiative – dubbed “Next Generation Connecticut” – new enrollment at the Storrs campus is about half of the 2,000 additional students that were planned by now.