Thursday, March 2, 2017

UND arts and sciences announces budget cut proposals - Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald

The UND College of Arts and Sciences released on Friday some draft proposals for how it would accommodate its portion of campuswide budget cuts. Debbie Storrs, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote in a collegewide email that a 12 percent reduction to her unit’s budget would amount to a real cut of $4.2 million. Storrs wrote to college stakeholders that her draft plan to deal with the cut would include reducing instructors, staff and graduate teaching assistants, as well as eliminating a non-degree program targeted at first-year students. Overall, the university is projecting a total shortfall of $16 million, largely due to reduced state revenue in light of lagging agricultural and energy prices. In addition to the outright cut, the university is reallocating $7 million to areas of strategic interest to university leadership.

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