ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Northern State University is dropping golf, tennis and a student service program and shifting the funding for those programs elsewhere. The Aberdeen school also is filling open staff positions only if they are deemed a critical need. The moves are a response to rising costs in the face of stagnant state aid, according to school officials. “As Northern State University continues to grow, we need to internally reallocate resources to accommodate our strategic priorities of recruitment, retention and academic quality,” President Jim Smith said in a statement Thursday. “We also realize that enhancements need to be made in our existing safety and security measures. “Like most businesses of our size, we must examine how best to spend our dollars to maximize the returns that we receive,” he said. The combined moves will free up about $200,000 annually, university spokeswoman Brenda Dreyer told The Associated Press on Friday. The amount is less than 1 percent of the total university budget, she said. About 35 students will be affected by the cuts. Students in the Discovery program, which deals with substance abuse treatment, will continue to get help through the NSU Counseling Center, the school said. Athletes receiving aid will continue to get it next year if they choose to stay at the school. “Every effort will be made to support the students impacted to ensure they can continue their academic pursuits at NSU, or wherever else they may choose,” Athletic Director Josh Moon said.
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