There will be job cuts in the proposed mergers of the U-W’s two year and four year schools. The statewide office that manages the 13 two year colleges and the University Extension service would be eliminated, and U-W president Ray Cross says redundant administrative posts would be gone once the colleges become branches of the four year schools in their regions — and employees and students of the smaller schools would officially join their four year partners. Officials say they won’t know the total job impact until after the merger starts being administered next July, pending approval by the Board of Regents next month. None of the 26 U-W campuses would close. Cross tells the Wisconsin State Journal his goal is to “leverage resources to avoid closures” and respond to the demographics of a rapidly aging state population and its resulting declines in enrollments — especially at the colleges, which have seen a 32-percent loss in students since 2010.