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UM President to announce “next steps” in budget cuts

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MISSOULA - We may have a better idea on Thursday where the budget cuts could come at the University of Montana as the school continues the effort to try and better align spending with actual student enrollments. 

Over the past few days, a special committee has been going over all of the university’s programs and forming what’s called an “Academic Program and Administrative Services Prioritization”. That’s basically a list ranking more than 400 different class offerings and programs, rating them from “strong” to “not suitable”. 

UM President Sheila Stearns appointed the panel and gave them less than a week to review the programs list and come up with the ranking. 

Stearns has called a press conference for Thursday to explain the conclusions from that process and what happens next in the school’s efforts to trim spending to match the current lower enrollments UM has been seeing over the past several years. 

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