Southwest Minnesota State University President David Danahar has announced some proposed cuts to cover a potential $3.6 million deficit over the next biennium.
Read the Independent for the full story, but I’ve quickly included here some passages on specific cuts (emphasis mine):
Monday’s proposal calls for the discontinuance of seven programs, some of which offer multiple major and minor programs: Agronomy, Health Education, Humanities, Public Administration, Rural and Regional Studies, Spanish (redesign and continue to offer a minor), and Spanish Education.
The proposal would also retrench three faculty members with the earliest possible end of employment being May 2012. …
The university said it will ensure that upper-division, declared majors will be able to complete their programs, even if their programs are among those discontinued.
Additional proposed reductions include the elimination of 20 graduate assistant positions in athletics and other areas.
Commitments to current graduate assistants would be honored. In addition, the proposal includes administrative restructuring and a reduction in the adjunct/overload budget.
In addition, the proposal includes administrative restructuring and a reduction in the adjunct/overload budget.
It doesn’t appear to be the last word, though:
A second phase of this review will begin immediately with additional programs undergoing a systemic review in order to identify possibilities for discontinuance of programs, emphases or majors, or further staffing reductions.