Thursday, November 27, 2014

U Maine System creates campus-wide faculty subteams to explore possible budget cuts - Cameron Paquette, Maine Campus

The last 12 months have not been kind to the University of Maine System (UMS). Without changes, the UMS faces a projected $69 million deficit by 2019. In the most recent budget, approved in May, officials cut 157 positions and used $11.4 million in emergency funds to close a $36 million deficit in the system’s $529 million budget. The backlash from students, particularly at the University of Southern Maine, has been prominent. Many of the cuts, particularly to faculty positions and programs are seen by the student body as the wrong way to narrow the deficit.

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