University of Arkansas at Little Rock officials to discuss growing budget problems at board of trustees meeting

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) will move forward with a restructuring plan including cuts to degree programs and staff.

During a virtual meeting Monday, the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted unanimously for the plan put together by Chancellor Christina Drale. 

The decision comes the same day the already cash strapped University announced that it lost about $4 million in revenue because of COVID-19.

The University will cut its number of schools. Currently UALR has five separate academic schools, those will be combined into three.

Drale noted the administrative cost saving of that change will be about $1 million. 

About a third of the University’s 153 degrees will either be eliminated or see cuts, which includes faculty positions. 

Drale told the trustees she tried to get as much feedback as possible from staff and students before making her final calls. 

“We had a 1 month review and comment period where we had a formal way of collecting responses, but also informally accepted letters and comments from a variety of stakeholders both internal and external,” Drale said during the meeting. 

The cuts include eliminating all of the University’s dance programs. One faculty member told KARK she’s “shocked” and didn’t know about the cut until it was announced in the meeting. 

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