UM System president: Cuts could include layoffs of staff, nontenure track faculty

Layoffs of staff and nontenure track faculty in the University of Missouri System are a possibility as campus administrators seek ways to cut the fiscal 2018 budget by 8 percent to 12 percent, UM System President Mun Choi said in a system-wide email on Monday.

The email, which outlines a two-month process for trimming the budget, said cuts will not be distributed across the board but instead will focus on ensuring “programs of excellence” have the support they need and considering significant reductions in programs that aren’t measuring up.

In addition to possible layoffs, Choi said the cuts could mean the closure of various centers and institutes, the closure of degree programs with low enrollment and the centralization of information technology, human resource, finance and research services.

The message comes as Choi and the UM System brace for the impact of large cuts in state appropriations, potentially as much as $57 million, according to the email.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Public Radio

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