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Eyeing budget cuts, UM releases documents on program priorities

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MISSOULA - UM officials have made available documents pertaining to the University of Montana Academic Program and Administrative Services Prioritization.

Those documents are now available online.

More than 400 programs, both academic and administrative are being reviewed in an attempt to better allocate funds.

UM spokeswoman Paula Short, said documents associated with and created out of the prioritization effort are public record.

APASP Task Force members have encountered questions about if and how to post reports, analysis, votes or other information, and they’ve sought to respond thoughtfully and quickly, Short said.

“Prioritization is a new process for UM,” she said. “One task force member likened it to flying the airplane while building it. President Stearns has suggested that we will continue to evolve in this process, engaging in thoughtful discourse about a process that is deliberative and open.” 

A total of 412 programs and services are under prioritization review as part of the ongoing efforts at UM to ensure funds are appropriated efficiently and with purpose.  

The programs are separated into four prioritization categories: considered for growth and development, considered for development or modification, considered for substantial modification and programs for which there's insufficient evidence.

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