U of M budget cuts, Grad School changes

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The University of Minnesota faces severe budget cuts, according to February 9 emails from U of M President Robert Bruininks and Provost E. Thomas Sullivan. The email from U of M President Robert Bruininks described severe budget cuts to the U of M, amounting to a permanent reduction in state funding of $78 million per year. (See U of M slashes spending, disbands grad school administration, from the Minnesota Daily.)

“Due to the significant reduction in state appropriations for 2009-10,” said the Bruininks email, “the level of cost and program reductions necessary to balance the preliminary budget is now targeted at 5 percent to 8 percent.” Other measures discussed in the message included salary and hiring freezes.

The current Graduate School structure will be abolished, according to an email from the Provost E. Thomas Sullivan, which announced a move to “[reconfigure] from a free-standing administrative unit to which all graduate programs directly report, to an Office of Graduate Education within the Provost’s Office that parallels the Office of Undergraduate Education.”

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