UMD Prioritizes Programs

By KBJR News 1

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --A shrinking student body and a dwindling budget are forcing officials at the University of Minnesota Duluth to do some prioritizing.

"Program prioritization is one tool to help us address new budget realities," said Chancellor Lendley Black.

One of those realities is a declining high school student population;
the other reducing the budget by eight percent.

Officials say the new initiative will analyze administrative and academic programs.

"We are going to take a healthy look at our degree programs, make sure we are relevant. Make sure that we add programs over time, but taking a look where we need to cut some programs and re–envision some programs," said Andrea Schokker, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

UMD officials say they want to work with the student body to make sure that they are accommodating for their needs as well.

"Our goal is to teach not what we want, but teach what the students need and have programs that give students jobs or bring them more forward in their careers," said Schokker.

They say they're looking for ways to get students involved in the process.

"We will be actively meeting with the cabinet, with our cabinet in student association next Wednesday to talk about what role they want student leaders playing in this initiative," said Kimberly Newton the President of Student Affairs at UMD.

Officials hope to have the first phase of program done by December.
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