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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

CU steps up to help students amid coronavirus concerns

In late March, I interviewed as a finalist for a position with the University of Colorado’s communications staff. I’m a three-time Buff – undergrad, law school and an MBA – and have always loved the idea of working for my alma mater. 

Immediately after a Friday evening interview with CU President Mark Kennedy, I received an email “assignment” – two scenarios to which I needed to draft proposed responses. One in particular now seems prescient.

In the imaginary circumstance, the JBC did so because it felt colleges could make up for the shortfall by increasing tuition.

Over the past few weeks, the actual JBC made several heart-wrenching decisions to close a $3 billion funding gap created by coronavirus-fueled revenue drops. Included in the cuts? More than $493 million slashed from state colleges and universities.

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