UWS faces serious financial challenges

By KBJR News 1

May 22, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The University of Wisconsin Superior is facing some serious financial challenges.

UWS leaders say they have to reduce their budget by $4.5 million through expense reduction unless they can grow their revenue.

Campus officials met on Thursday to discuss the best use of their resources and what academic programs they may have to suspend to make ends meet.

Some decisions have already been made including the suspension of 44 percent of their graduate programs, specifically in the visual and communicating arts areas.

Reduction will also be made in undergraduate programs including jazz studies, library science and reading, however current students will be able to finish their programs.

One major that is under review is the theater program.

Chancellor Renee Wachter said they need to take a closer look at that program among others to determine how best to proceed.

"We have to look at the long term viability, if we look at the number of programs that we have on campus, we have 152 different programs that's almost one program for every 17 students. You want to do things efficiently and you want programs that are going to be meeting student needs," said Chancellor Wachter.

Other non–academic areas that are being evaluated include campus safety and information technology plus their on–campus maintenance service.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.