UMD makes cuts to Civic Engagement Office

By KBJR News 1

UMD makes cuts to Civic Engagement Office

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 11:38 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- Budget cuts are forcing the University of Minnesota Duluth to do some restructuring.

These latest cuts are being made to the University's Civic Engagement Office, which will affect two employees at this time.

The mission of the office is to immerse students and faculty into the community through course work or volunteerism.

Officials say at this time they are still keeping those services, but are going to redistribute funding which will also save the university money in the long run.

"We have out grown just having an individual civic engagement office and what we are doing is having an integrated community and public engagement plan that crosses into our curriculum, our faculty, and everything else on campus," said Andrea Schokker Exec. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "We just have to really carefully look at how we are using our funds and use them to the best of our ability."

The restructuring is part of the university's effort to prioritize its programs.

The goal is to manage and allocate finances that will meet the needs of the community and students.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.