- The University of Montana is trying to cuts costs with as little impact to students and faculty as possible as it faces a budget shortfall of $16 million based on last year's 6% drop in enrollment.
- Many adjuncts at the school were told that their contracts might not be renewed next year, and the school's College of Arts and Sciences has reduced some course offerings.
- Two-thirds of the university's $157 million general fund comes from tuition and fees while the rest comes from state appropriations, and both funding and enrollments are always subject to change.
From the article:
... “There’s always uncertainty about the tuition side,” said Engstrom. “You don’t know the enrollment until students show up in the fall. You always prepare a budget on your projection of enrollment, and it always includes some uncertainty.” ...