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With money tight, chancellor says UC Berkeley must 'reimagine' its future

With money tight, chancellor says UC Berkeley must 'reimagine' its future

A budget deficit at UC Berkeley has hit critical mass and could force a fundamental transformation of the institution, the university's chancellor announced Wednesday.

In a message to Berkeley students, faculty and staff, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said a “new normal” of dwindling taxpayer support would continue to squeeze one of the nation's premier public research universities and had prompted a sweeping review likely to bring painful change.

Under a months-long strategic planning process, Berkeley will scrutinize its entire workforce, redesign some academic programs, step up fundraising, expand online course offerings and take other steps to cut costs and...

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