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UMaine trustees approve 5-year plan to address $69M budget shortfall


BANGOR, Maine — University of Maine System trustees have approved a five-year plan to address a projected $69 million funding gap that calls for the streamlining of academic programs and workforce reductions.

Trustees of the seven-campus system unanimously approved the plan on Monday.

The plan could mean the elimination of some academic programs if similar programs are offered at other campuses.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports that of the $69 million, $59 million will be closed by cutting the workforce, with $44 million in direct personnel reductions. Of that $44 million, $18 million would come from faculty positions and $26 million in non-faculty cuts.

The system has been dealing with flat state funding, declining enrollment and tuition freezes for several years.

The system is currently more than $11 million in the black.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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