Saturday, December 17, 2016

UM to start ranking programs—and cutting losses - Derek Brouwer, Missoula Independent

Ranking every academic (and administrative) program on campus is bound to be a tense, even cutthroat endeavor, and Edmond acknowledges that it may lead to the elimination of some degree offerings. But maintaining UM's current portfolio has become less tenable with each passing year as the university's budget decreases. Even programs with increasing enrollment have had to cut back. Regent Bob Nystuen, a Glacier Bank executive, expressed the concern succinctly at last month's state Board of Regents meeting. He worried that by not investing in healthy departments fast enough, UM is "taking some of the air out of the tires, the oxygen out of the lungs, of some of the programs that clearly need to have more put in them."

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