Friday, October 21, 2016

Fears that belt-tightening at UM may compromise quality - KEILA SZPALLER, Missoulian

Quality could be a casualty at the University of Montana if the flagship campus endures further enrollment declines – and related budget trouble. Last year, UM cut its budget – "slashed" it, in the words of one faculty leader – to address falling enrollment, and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education recently praised university leaders for aligning UM's expenses with enrollment. Shortly after that, UM announced another drop in enrollment at 4.8 percent, even as its sister flagship, Montana State University in Bozeman, announced an equivalent jump in headcount.

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