The bottom line of the bottom line is this: There will likely be less money to go around at the University of Montana next fall. Across campus, University of Montana departments are planning for cuts to the UM general budget that could be as large as 8 percent. Although the exact amount of cuts is not yet known, UM President Royce Engstrom places that figure at 6 percent for the university sectors: Administration and Finance, Research and Creative Scholarships, Integrated Communications, President’s Office, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Information Technology.
College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Stephen Kalm said he's been asked to plan to cut 6.1 percent from his school's budget. David Forbes, dean of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, said he expects to lose $300,000 in base funding, while Law School Dean Irma Russell said she's seen a projected 7.5 percent reduction to her budget.
During a College of Arts and Sciences meeting with department chairs on Thursday morning, Dean Chris Comer briefed his staff on new information from Main Hall regarding cuts. He had just received a new packet of information, which he said he would disperse to his department heads later that day.
Imagine a university without maintenance workers, advisers, cashiers or Campus Safety. It’s easy to take these much-needed services for granted as a student, but without these positions the University of Montana couldn’t run. And while these services and staff will likely also feel the squeeze of lower enrollment’s effect, it may not be as far-reaching.
Even after tuition brought in $993,742 less than expected last year, the school for FY2013 budgeted for an expected increase in tuition dollars brought in to increase $1,601,409.
This water fountain in the Missoula College's Health Building has been broken for a year. It is one of three malfunctioning fountains across the campus, and is the brunt of a running joke on budget woes.
Patrick Schick, from Anchorage, Alaska, stands in his dorm room in Knowles Hall March 28, 2013. Out of state students pay 3.5 times more in tuition and fees alone this year compared to residential students.
Justin O'Brien, a carpenter for facility services at the University of Montana, installs metal plates protecting support posts for the guard rail in front of the Fine Arts building March 28, 2013. While facility job cuts are unlikely, Vice President for Administration and Finance Michael Reid said projects and new hires will probably be put on hold due to proposed budget cuts.
Finding ourselves in the thick of March Madness and in the dull drones of the end of the NBA season right before the playoffs, Nothing But Net figured it would only be right to show some love to the collegiate game this week.