The latest round of state spending cuts hits higher education particularly hard. But officials in the Department of Higher Education are resigned to the fact they’ll have to do more with less. The cuts hit the Department as well state colleges and universities. Some of the schools are responding, or will respond, with tuition hikes. Higher Education Department Associate Commissioner Joe Martin says the Department will have to reassess priorities. It suffers a 15 percent withholding, in addition to previous withholdings that end up amounting to a million dollars – about a third of the agency’s general revenue appropriations. Institutions will take a 2 percent hit with these latest cuts.