UWSP uses forums to address budget issues
By Gene Kemmeter
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) administrators addressed the situation of cutting academic majors and reducing programs because of a $4.5 million structural deficit Monday, March 19.
UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Summers and Interim Dean of the College of Letters and Science Eric Yonke responded to questions during a forum at the Dreyfus University Center.
The forum followed one held Thursday, March 15, to address the situation because UWSP is facing a $2.5 million deficit in 2019 and a $2 million deficit in 2020 due to dwindling financial resources, declining enrollment because fewer students are graduating from high school, more students completing graduation in four years and rising competition among universities.
Patterson said the university often hears that it lacks transparency and that’s why it has been trying to engage faculty in the past two years about the structural deficit situation and bring forward proposals to deal with it.
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