University of Montana details proposed employee, program cuts

Posted at 11:14 AM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 13:14:53-04

MISSOULA – We are beginning to learn more about the budget and personnel cuts being proposed at the University of Montana as the school continues to deal with declining student enrollment.

A draft of the recommendations — called the "University of Montana Strategy for Distinction" — was posted on the UM website on Tuesday morning. UM President Seth Bodnar will be detailing the plan to the Faculty Senate at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The draft proposal calls for the elimination of dozens of jobs as well as the elimination or consolidation of several University of Montana programs

 In a letter accompanying the draft proposal, Bodnar notes the proposals in the draft report are preliminary at this time and public input and feedback will be sought.

UM will be holding a series of presentations and listening sessions to discuss the proposals in the coming days.

  • April 17, 3:00 PM, in the Music Hall Recital: President Bodnar will present the preliminary recommendations for UM’s future at a special session of Faculty Senate. 
  • April 20, 4:00 PM, in SS 352: President Bodnar and members of the UPC will host a campus forum for all employees to provide an overview of the preliminary recommendations. 
  • April 24 & 26, 3:00 PM, in SS 352: Faculty Senate will host listening sessions open to all faculty and staff. 

KPAX will be providing live coverage of Bodnar’s Tuesday afternoon presentation of the proposal to the Faculty Senate beginning at 3 p.m. We will also have a full recap during the 5:30 and 10:00 News.

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