- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols hopes to boost enrollment to help the school offset cuts in state aid.

Wyoming’s only public four-year university is facing about $50 million less in available funding over the next two years due to the declining energy economy in the state.

UW will scale back spending by about $20 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Additionally, Nichols announced plans to reduce the following year’s budget by $10 million, cut programs and explore new opportunities for increased revenue.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/29taO49) that Academic Affairs Vice President David Jones says UW is currently under capacity for enrollment.

Jones says it’s likely that the school will look outside Wyoming’s borders to draw more students.

Last fall, the university had 12,841 students enrolled.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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