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UMaine reviewing possible elimination of academic programs

January 28, 2019

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine system says it has identified 34 academic programs that need to be revitalized or face possible elimination in a cost-cutting effort.

Vice Chancellor of academic review Robert Neely says he is leading a system-wide multiyear review of the college system’s offerings, to see if any require elimination or consolidation with other programs. The Portland Press Herald reports the current list was winnowed down from an initial list of 130 programs — 72 undergraduate and 58 graduate — that were deemed to not produce enough graduates.

College trustees previously eliminated academic programs during a 2014 financial crisis, resulting in a vicious backlash from students and faculty.

Neely says he will brief trustees on the review Monday. Action plans are expected by May.

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