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The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham


The University of Montana has completed its fall-semester census and reports a steeper-than-expected enrollment decline.

Earlier this month UM anticipated a roughly 5 percent enrollment drop this fall compared to last. On Friday, it reported 10,962 students – a decline of almost 8 percent.

Last spring 10,987 students were enrolled at UM, which is 628 fewer students than a year ago. Fall 2018 enrollment numbers have not yet been released.
Rosie Costain

Incoming students and their parents are bustling around the University of Montana campus in Missoula this week getting ready for the start of fall semester on Monday.

UM has struggled with recruiting new students, enrollment is down nearly 30 percent compared to 2010.

I talked to some incoming freshmen about how they made the decision to come to UM.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar addresses the faculty senate about UM's preliminary plans to cut 51.5 faculty positions due to declining enrollment, April 17, 2018.
Eric Whitney

Faculty at the University of Montana had their first opportunity to give feedback on the new preliminary plan University administrators released this morning that suggests cutting more than 50 faculty positions.

University Hall at The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance.

The University calls its proposed recommendations a "Strategy for Distinction."

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

Preliminary recommendations for cuts to academic programs and faculty at the University of Montana will be presented Tuesday.

In an email to UM staff today, the administration says that in addition to identifying areas that should be reorganized and discontinued, the recommendations made public tomorrow will identify key areas of strength, the university’s core curriculum and interdisciplinary communities of excellence, in which it will invest to preserve or enhance our distinction.

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