- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - Leaders of Fort Valley State University say a drop in enrollment and a projected multimillion budget shortfall has prompted staff layoffs.

Officials said Wednesday that 14 staff members will be laid off and 11 vacant positions will not be filled. University spokeswoman Pamela Berry-Johnson tells WMAZ-TV the school is expecting a $7.1 million shortfall and wanted to take proactive measures. Berry-Johnson says the drop in enrollment is linked to changes in eligibility requirements for federal student aid and higher admissions standards.

Fort Valley State University enrolled about 3,900 students in the fall of 2011 and expects to enroll 2,400 this fall.

University President Ivelaw Griffith says the school worked with the University System of Georgia to explore every reasonable alternative before deciding to move forward with staff layoffs.

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