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Published March 16, 2010, 07:28 AM

St. Cloud State closes 23 programs

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud State University says state budget cuts are forcing the school to close more than 10 percent of its programs.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud State University says state budget cuts are forcing the school to close more than 10 percent of its programs.

The school said Monday it is closing 23 programs and suspending six others. St. Cloud State President Earl Potter says the state has limited the school's ability to raise tuition while at the same time cut money for higher education. So Potter says the school needed to scale back its budget.

Potter says students enrolled in programs no longer offered by SCSU will be allowed to complete their degrees - those programs just won't be accepting new students. Among the cuts are master's degree programs in early childhood education, community education and physical education.

Before the cuts, WJON Radio reports St. Cloud State had more than 175 programs.

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