Texas Tech estimates up to 800 layoffs possible

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Officials say Texas Tech University's three-school system could face as many as 800 layoffs under looming state budget cuts, although the chancellor expects the number to be half of that or lower.

System administrators told the university's governing board Thursday the higher estimate was a worst-case scenario as the Texas Legislature debates a new budget. The state faces a shortfall that could reach $27 billion.

Officials say the 800 layoffs expected from the Texas House budget would be about 4% of the Tech system's 18,000-plus employees.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that officials believe the proposed Texas Senate budget would result in about 475 Tech system job losses.

Chancellor Kent Hance says enrollment growth could help. He expects layoffs to be in the range of 200 to 400 employees.

Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, http://www.lubbockonline.com