Cross: UWSP major cut discussion could last into fall - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Cross: UWSP major cut discussion could last into fall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says discussions about cutting more than a dozen liberal arts majors at UW-Stevens Point could extend into the fall.

Cross told the Board of Regents during a meeting Thursday that UW-Stevens Point officials are currently discussing the cuts with shared governance groups, faculty and students. He says those discussions could go onto well into the fall semester.

He added that the regents have entrusted chancellors with the authority to change their schools' programs and regents shouldn't insert themselves into what he called a "campus-based conversation."

UW-Stevens Point has proposed cutting the majors to cope with a projected $4.5 million budget deficit. The plan calls for adding or expanding 16 programs with a higher demand.


University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross is preparing to update regents on efforts to merger the system's two- and four-year schools.

Cross is scheduled to give a presentation on the merger during the regents' meeting Thursday afternoon at UW-Madison.

The regents in November approved Cross' plan to make the system's 13 two-year schools regional branches of seven  four-year campuses by July of this year.

Cross has said the merger is needed to combat declining enrollment at the two-year schools and keep them open. The plan is designed to make transferring from the two-year campuses to the four-year schools smoother and attract more students to the two-year schools.

Powered by Frankly