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URI Tries Downsizing by Formula

Science  19 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5260, pp. 342-344
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5260.342


Kingston, Rhode Island—Lots of universities are talking about slimming down. The University of Rhode Island (URI) is doing it. In these times of tight budgets, the school is cutting departments based on a novel self-audit that accounts for each hour of faculty time and all associated costs and revenues. Only the best and most cost-effective will survive, says the school. Already admissions have been stopped in 47 degree-granting programs, including 16 in science and engineering. The effort could prove a model for the rest of the academic world, which is watching with keen interest