Students and teachers took to the center of the University of Montana on Wednesday, to speak out against budget cuts. The cuts are currently estimated to be about $8 million, but that that number keeps changing.
Some students report trying to register for classes and are finding they aren’t able to get into certain ones because they’re “zeroed out,” which means they may ultimately open up if the demand is there. If the classes remain closed off, some adjunct faculty may find themselves with less work.
“Students right now sign up for Cyber Bear, and their sections are closed or zeroed out and they can’t get into them. We want all classes open for them for the fall,” said Anthropology Professor GG Weix.
University officials point out that nothing is set in stone with regards to budget cut actions, and they cite a need to adapt to a decline in enrollment.
“It’s important to understand we’re doing everything we can as a university to try to minimize the impact in instructional areas,” said Michael Reid, vice president for administration and finance.
Reid pointed out to various possible causes for a decline in enrollment, including competition from other colleges, previous record enrollment numbers, as well as sexual assault investigations.