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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00 pm

Faced with a tough decision Thursday on whether to cut three popular programs, the Board of Regents of the financially pressed Northern New Mexico College postponed approval of the school’s budget until Saturday. However, following a contentious six-hour meeting — half of it behind closed doors — the board did agree not to support a tuition increase next year, a move that represents a small victory for students.

The board listened to comments from about 30 students and staff members, many of whom expressed concerns and criticism over how the Española college is run and its proposed elimination of the automotive, radiology and construction programs — as well as the eventual cuts of positions for the five or six full-time employees who teach courses in those programs.

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