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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After years of record enrollment YSU is now seeing a reduction in the numbers of students attending the university.

As a result YSU is facing a $6.5 million deficit.

On Wednesday, the first meeting of the new school year,  YSU trustees were forced to address ways to offset that deficit.

YSU President, Randy Dunn, says "Our drop in enrollment obviously created a challenge on our revenue side with just less tuition dollars coming in that's about half of the deficit we're looking at."

President Dunn's recommendation to save money includes personnel reduction; the equivalent of 8 to 9 full time employees.

"It's not going to be a drastic number or a large amount. Again it's still pending a final review talking to some managers and making determinations accordingly. So it would be in that range assuming we'd move forward in that," says Dunn.

Dunn says the reductions won't come from the faculty.

But he will be asking for voluntary employee furloughs and voluntary vacation day reductions from all university employees.

"So if there's a desire to offer up a day or more for a straight out furlough that would be accepted and have a cost savings there on a per diem basis" says Dunn.

Dunn is also looking at delaying some technology purchases and his wants the university to look at ways to reduce its energy costs.

More university-wide reviews are expected to take place before final cuts are made.

Dunn says he expects formal layoff announcements to be made in days rather than weeks.

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