UM administrators prepare for budget cuts


MISSOULA, Mont. - University of Montana administrators have told their department heads to prepare plans to cut spending between 2 percent to 8 percent. The proposed cuts are in anticipation of a possible $16 million budget shortfall due to a drop in enrollment last year. Two-thirds of the university's $157 million general fund comes from tuition and fees, while the rest comes from state appropriations. President Royce Engstrom says the budget is prepared on projected enrollment, and the actual number of students enrolled won't be known until fall. The proposed cuts represent a worst-case scenario. Engstrom says the budget and any possible cuts that come with it will be adjusted as projections change over the next month.