Dalton State College faces 'grave' budget situation

DALTON, Ga. -- Dalton State College faces even larger state funding cuts than expected and could be forced to cap enrollment and cut programs, officials say.

On Thursday, college and university presidents across the state learned that the University System of Georgia may lose $300 million in state funding for fiscal year 2011.

That's beyond the $265 million they'd already planned to cut in 2011, said John Millsaps, spokesman for the state Board of Regents. It's among more than $1 billion that state leaders are working to cut from the overall budget in the face of shrinking revenues.

Dalton State President Dr. John Schwenn said the school had budgeted for a $1.8 million reduction and now may lose $2.4 million more. The extra cuts would bring state funding for the college down to about $10.1