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Linn-Benton Community College Announces Budget Cuts

Linn-Benton Community College will be eliminating two academic programs, Criminal Justice and Computer Science, at the end of the 2023-24 academic year as part of budget cuts across the college. Current students enrolled in these programs will have the opportunity to finish their degree over the next 15 months.

“This has been a very difficult time for the college and is especially challenging for those who are directly affected by these changes,” said LBCC President Lisa Avery. “Despite the challenging climate, I know LBCC will continue to fulfill our mission of economic empowerment for our students and our communities.”

The degrees and certificates offered in Criminal Justice are:

  • Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science
  • Juvenile Corrections, One-Year Certificate
  • Criminal Justice emphasis for Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)

The degrees and certificates offered in Computer Science are:

  • Computer Science: Applied Computer Science option, Associate of Science
  • Computer Science: Computer Systems option, Associate of Science
  • Network and Systems Administration, Associate of Applied Science
  • Network and Systems Administration: Cybersecurity option, Associate of Applied Science
  • Systems Administration Certificate
  • Computer Science emphasis for AAOT

There will also be reductions to the three full-time librarians on the Albany campus. The library will remain open and fully operational. Students will still have access to materials, have research support, and continue to have dedicated study space in the library despite the full-time faculty reductions. These reductions will take place in June 2023.

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) program will be redesigned to operate with less budget by moving the program, grant management, and support services to additional division staff. Six open positions across the college will not be filled and will be reevaluated this fall.

In addition to these budget cuts, the LBCC Board of Education also approved a 6% tuition increase for 2023-24.