UW cutting 66 jobs in technology division

The University of Washington will cut 66 employees from its technology division, marking the university’s biggest announced job cutback since 1994, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports. University administrators learned about three months ago that UW Technology, which provides phone and eMail service and is a central support for UW’s computing services, was operating at an annual $10 million loss. University spokesman Norm Arkans said division layoffs of about 15 percent of the staff were unavoidable. About 360 people will remain in the technology division. Some of the services offered by UW Technology, including eMail, are available at no or little cost through companies such as Google and Microsoft, hurting UW Technology revenues. Arkans said the technology division operates like a small business, gaining revenue by charging other campus divisions for services. UW Technology provides eMail for about 40,000 students on three campuses and 30,000 employees…

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