- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - University of Montana officials are working on a plan to make up for an estimated $10 million to $12 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1jxOFEL ) that UM President Royce Engstrom announced last month that the university would cut more than 200 positions in an effort to balance the school’s budget. UM Vice President of Finance Mike Reid said this week that the proposed cuts aim to address the estimated shortfall in fiscal 2017.

But some faculty members are questioning the data and information used by the president to make the cuts, which would be effective July 1. Engstrom has not provided the exact figures detailing UM’s current budget situation.

Reid says it’s unclear whether the cuts will make up for the entire shortfall.

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