Budget cuts for UW

The University of Wyoming on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes at the institution, including budget cuts that would lay off 75 positions — some tenured, a reorganization of a slew of academic departments, and the formation of a school of computing — among other additions.

Programs on the chopping block according to the Casper Star Tribune include more than a dozen degree programs, largely for low-enrollment advanced degrees. Programs they listed include German, French, secondary education, and Spanish/French/German language education degrees and sociology, philosophy, political science, international studies, architectural engineering, entomology, family & consumer sciences, statistics and MBA programs in finance and energy.

Four departments are reported to be proposed for elimination as well: computer science, electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering and the School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy and Design. The degree programs for each department would be preserved and consolidated into new colleges, according to the university. The proposal must be approved by the university’s board of trustees, which meets all this week in Torrington.



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