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GA colleges add 5,000 jobs

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While the rest of state government eliminated 10,000 jobs during the recession, the university system of Georgia added more than 5,000 employees.

Colleges said they needed to hire additional staff to keep pace with increasing enrollment.

During the same period, the state cut nearly $300 million from university system funding, and the system turned to students to cover hiring costs.

Like other state agencies, the university system receives state money, but unlike other agencies, the state board of regents can raise tuition and fees to offset cuts.

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