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UWSP seeks growth despite potential cuts

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) -

While some programs at UW-Stevens Point may soon be cut in part because of declining enrollment, others are finding ways to grow their programs. 

University leaders said the College of Natural Resources helps boost the numbers. 

Christine Thomas, the Dean of the College of Natural Resources said while she is excited for new growth within her department, she and those throughout the campus feel for those facing potential cuts

"The long and short of the situation of the university is we have a big budget problem that needs to be solved," Thomas said. 

Students throughout the campus are remaining optimistic while feeling for those who may soon be impacted by the cuts. 

"As a student of fire I really appreciate that my major is expanding because, well, I love fire," UWSP senior, George Jensen said. "At the same time I get it that people  might be upset that their majors are getting cut, I know if my major was getting cut I would be very upset."

Despite the potential cuts, some colleges like Thomas' are thriving. 

"I'm very excited to see that we're working on positive things," Thomas said. "The charge that we were given in the budget process was to figure out how to grow our enrollment."

A main way the college is growing is by taking sub-majors and making them full majors, which they are currently working to change. 

The primary reasoning is to make the majors more visible to potential students. 

UWSP is also continuing to promote their broad-based education. 

"We all want that same thing to be there at the end," Thomas said. "A broad, well-educated citizen of Wisconsin in the world who actually has some depth in a certain area in addition to that."

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