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University of Montana Faculty Senate discusses 'death spiral' of looming budget cuts

March 1, 2017View for printing

"We're bleeding money and we're out of students. We're graduating a big class this year, and unless we replace them we're at a lower head count next year. So everything has to be on the table." John DeBoer, who chairs the Faculty Senate.

The mood was both gloomy and feisty at a special University of Montana Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday night as they discussed how they would address what one professor termed a "death spiral" - the looming potential for severe budget and faculty cuts at UM due to declining enrollment.

In anticipation of a flat budget in fiscal year 2018 and a significantly reduced budget in fiscal year 2019, UM President Sheila Stearns has initiated a program called "Forward 125" to reconcile the 2019 budget for a projected student head count of 11,000 students.


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