UM Makes Cuts to Cover $3 Million Budget Shortfall

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA — The University of Montana has found a way to cover a $3 million budget shortfall during the fall semester without impacting academic instruction or student support.

Michael Reid, vice president of administration and finance, told the Missoulian the school will make some small budget adjustments, including delaying some projects and finding utility savings.

However, Reid and UM Provost Perry Brown say covering the $3 million shortfall the university expects it will face for the spring semester probably won’t come as easy. UM faculty members are planning a forum next week to identify their own cost-saving alternatives.

School officials say the cuts are needed because of a decline in enrollment, especially among out-of-state students taking upper-division courses.

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