- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The University of Akron plans to cut its budget by $40 million over the next three years, eliminating 215 positions and its baseball program to deal with an anticipated $60 million shortfall.

University president Scott Scarborough announced Friday that the school will further close its funding gap by raising undergraduate fees and graduate tuition, and through expected growth in enrollment. Among the planned cuts is the elimination of the baseball program.

A university spokesman says 180 of the 215 positions are currently filled. Employees who will lose their jobs are to be notified later this month. No faculty positions will be eliminated.

Other planned cost-saving measures include hiring an outside company to run the school’s dining services and renegotiating the cost of health care plans.

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