University of Providence to cut academic, athletic programs

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Administrators at the University of Providence say several academic and athletic programs soon will be gone.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the university announced Wednesday that 19 programs (12 majors, six minors, and one graduate program) could be cut.

The university didn’t specify which programs.

University President Tony Aretz says nearly 30 undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as dozens of concentrations, will remain in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Health Professions.

Athletic Director Dave Gantt also is working on a list of sports programs that will be cut, with men’s lacrosse scheduled to end this year.

Provost Matthew Redinger says the university, with limited resources, has to retain the most promising programs and reconsider investments in more traditional programs.

The university’s board will meet Feb. 14 and vote on the proposed cuts.

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