In the face of possible state budget cuts, the UW System is taking steps to reduce costs.
The Governor has said education is one area he wants to protect, as the state struggles with a major budget deficit. However, UW System spokesman David Giroux says he won't be surprised if cuts are made. With the state facing a $5.4 billion deficit next year, Giroux says there's only so much room lawmakers will have to protect resources for education.
Giroux says chancellors are being told to closely examine any out of state travel for employees for the rest of year. That's on top of an order in October for chancellors to review all hiring decisions on campuses.
Those moves are expected to help the UW capture some short term savings, which will help soften the blow of any potential budget cuts down the road.
Giroux says the UW needs to show it can prepare for what will likely be a tough budget year.