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UNO president proposes more cuts to sustain university

UNO President Peter Fos discusses potential cuts to help sustain the university. (FOX 8 Photo) UNO President Peter Fos discusses potential cuts to help sustain the university. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The University of New Orleans is looking to downsize in an effort to restructure and strengthen the university.

University President Peter Fos announced Thursday his recommendations to immediately discontinue a set of academic programs and mean layoffs for some workers.

"We have about 72 people with one year contracts. We have overspent our adjunct budget of 1.5 million dollars. I decided to eliminate one million out of that budge permanently," Fos said.

He said proposed to eliminate 10 instructor positions across the campus.

"The university has had a structural budget deficit for nine or ten years and we're running out of savings. For the health of the university we need to find savings," Fos said.

The restructuring would include three masters programs, three doctorate programs and one undergraduate program in early childhood education.

The recommendation also includes the elimination of the Department of Geography.

Fos also recommended that department chairs teach a minimum of two course in the fall semester and two courses in the spring semester. The move would reduce dependence on adjuncts.

“I would like to thank the Faculty Governance Committee and Richard Hansen for their thorough and diligent work throughout this process,” Fos said.

The proposals will be presented to the University of Louisiana System Board next week.

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