Sunday, March 20, 2016

‘Difficult decisions’ ahead for UND, job and program cuts possible, Schafer says - Anna Burleson, Grand Forks Herald

Interim UND President Ed Schafer compared three Hershey’s kisses in red, pink and silver wrappers to the ongoing discussion about budget cuts at the school. At a well-attended, campuswide meeting Wednesday, he said a person may want all three chocolates because they’re equally delicious, but tough decisions are on the horizon. "My experience tells me the answer, while certainly not easy, is simple to understand,” Schafer said. “We must prioritize programs and policies and put precious revenue to work to fully fund those priorities.” UND must trim $9.5 million from its 2015-17 budget while its School of Medicine and Health Sciences must reduce its own by $3.1 million after North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered state agencies to slash budgets in response to a forecasted state revenue shortfall.

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