UW Trustees Approve Budget Cut Plan, Raise Tuition

Nov 13, 2020

Credit University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming will move forward with its plan to cut 10 percent from its budget.

The UW Board of Trustees approved the administration's $42.3 million budget reduction plan. This comes after Gov. Mark Gordon requested state agencies take a 10 percent cut from state funding due to a drop in revenue.

The plan cuts 80 positions, many of which the university has said are unfilled, on both the academic and non-academic sides. The plan also requires cuts from academic departments, professional development, athletics and 35 graduate teaching assistantships.

In order to offset some of the budget reduction, trustees also voted to raise tuition by six percent starting next school year for in-state and out-of-state students.

The administration will now spend the next several months reviewing what they call "low-enrollment" academic programs across seven colleges to see if consolidation, reorganization or cutting them is the best solution. Officials say they hope that effort will save more than $2 million annually.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler at cwheel11@uwyo.edu .