Montana State University Billings officials have compiled an early budget draft for the upcoming school year, in a period of deep cuts due to declining enrollment.

The university is on track to complete its two-year, $4.4 million budget reduction.  In the meantime, administrators plan to invest heavily in retention and recruitment programs, as plans for new courses of study are on the horizon.

The administration and faculty have been meeting to discuss the institution’s future.  In a memo dated May 6, university Chancellor Mark Nook said that enrollment projections point to another year of decline.  MSUB missed out on half of the state’s performance funding last year due to decreased enrollment, and was the only school in the Montana University System to do so.

For the upcoming school year, MSUB fulfilled its performance goals and will receive full funding.