U of A president warns of more job cuts to address $127-million funding shortfall

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Wednesday’s town hall was the first of five the university plans to have over the coming weeks to get feedback on its current savings plans.

The first scenario sees the least number of changes, only consolidating the health sciences departments besides medicine and dentistry while leaving the rest as is. This also yields the least amount of savings.

The second scenario suggests massive changes in order to achieve big savings. The university would consolidate faculties into three major divisions while leaving native studies, Campus Saint-Jean and Augustana.

Scenario three is a mix of the two with six professional and community-based faculties consolidated into one division and the remaining faculties being spread out across four others.

The scenarios did not include details on what the savings would be.

“I think one that has garnered a considerable amount of attention is the idea of grouping most of our faculties into three divisions,” Flanagan said. “This would allow us to achieve a maximum amount of savings in terms of economic efficiencies but it would also allow us to retain the existing faculties and the identities associated with those faculties.”

While the university is putting forward these three scenarios, Flanagan said he is still open to other ideas, adding the university will explore all options if the savings plans don’t cover the entire amount.

Flanagan said the goal is to maintain the university’s core mission of teaching, researching and community service.

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