Ross allocates $5.8 million to Category 1, 2 programs; more than half to come from general fund

University President George Ross informed the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees Thursday that $5.8 million would be allocated for academic programs that were categorized first and second priorities in the revised Academic Prioritization report.

"We must and will continue our strategic investment in CMU's academic enterprise," Ross said. "This investment will be used for tenure-track faculty positions, fixed-term faculty, additional graduate assistant positions and supplies and equipment. (The) announcement reflects the continued and ongoing commitment to providing an exceptional education and learning environment for our students."

Ross said $3.6 million will come from the general fund, while the remaining $2.2 million will be reallocated by various academic colleges.

The colleges in the report expecting funding include the colleges of business administration, communication and fine arts, health professions, humanities and social and behavioral sciences, education and human services, science and technology and medicine.

Ross did not specify in the meeting how the money will be awarded and reallocated.

Provost Gary Shapiro, who prepared the Academic Prioritization report, could not be reached for comment before his office closed at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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