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University Of Wyoming Cuts Budgets Again

Old Main at the University of Wyoming
Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media
Old Main at the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is planning to completely reorganize the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) while beefing up the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture.

UW released its plan that will also reduce over $13 million and cut some jobs.

UW Provost Kevin Carman said most campus programs will face a three percent cut across the board and that some low enrollment degree programs will also be eliminated. He said the reductions will lead to job losses.

"Up to 65 positions, we are estimating, would be eliminated. They would be primarily faculty and secondarily staff," said Carman. "We don't have a firm number or certainly no specific list. The details will be determined by how the Dean's handle the budget cuts that they'll have to manage."

The biggest change is taking most of the major science programs out of A&S and turning that into the College of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. University spokesman Chad Baldwin said some degree programs are also being combined.

"It's kind of a rethinking of how we've always done things. With more efficiency, combining some things that maybe we haven't thought about combining before, and then very much a pivot to some new things," said Baldwin.

Those new things include focusing on computing, recreation and tourism, and entrepreneurship. The proposed changes will be considered by the UW trustees.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.

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