Texas universities have started shedding jobs and are bracing for a serious financial hit

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St. Edward’s University in Austin slashed 10% of its staff in May, including some faculty members, to prepare for decreased enrollment this fall. Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune

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On the first day of her vacation in late June, Melanie Bentley lost her job as an administrative assistant, one of several employees let go from the Tomás Rivera Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her belongings would be packed up, she was told by an administrator on the phone, and her email access terminated before the day was over.