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Published February 05, 2014, 08:48 PM

MSUM cuts program and laying off more than 20 people to help offset $5 million budget deficit

MSUM is laying off more than 20 people and cutting programs, to help offset a nearly $5 million budget deficit. The University announced its final decision at a meeting with the faculty union Wednesday morning.

MSUM is laying off more than 20 people and cutting programs, to help offset a nearly $5 million budget deficit. The University announced its final decision at a meeting with the faculty union Wednesday morning.

The administration's final plan includes cutting ten percent of faculty to align with the ten percent drop in enrollment. That means they're laying off 20 temporary faculty members and three full time faculty members, after 20 voluntary retirements.

Five low enrollment programs like music composition, community health and american multicultural studies will be phased out. Students in these programs will be able to finish their degrees.

Faculty Association President Ted Gracyk said, "I guess our official statement at this point is that The Faculty Association, speaking on behalf of the faculty, is just experiencing befuddlement."

MSUM President Edna Szymanski said, "As administrators, we're required to do what's best for all of the students at the university and the good of the many and the long term future. That's what we've done here."

The solution does include plans to create new programs like several masters and bachelors degrees, as well as adding probationary positions.

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