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UNM provost warns of ‘hard decisions’ after enrollment drop

September 21, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico’s top academic official says “hard decisions” loom due to a steeper-than-expected drop in student enrollment.

The Albuquerque Journal reports interim Provost Richard Wood announced in an email this week that the university’s main campus enrollment dropped 7 percent this fall. That means the school would make $9.7 million less than projected in tuition and fees.

Wood says university reserves would help buffer the financial impact and that the school would try to avoid across-the-board cuts that could jeopardize the academic mission.

But he said the school will make “hard decisions ... in the coming weeks and months.”

The University of New Mexico’s total student population dropped each of the last five years, sliding a cumulative 9.3 percent from 2012 to 2017.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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