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May 24, 2017

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan tells WGBH News that he sees an endgame for UMass Boston's financial struggles.

UMass Boston faces a budget gap of up to $30 million, and administrators are proposing deep cuts to classes and part-time professors while pushing off building projects.

In a one-on-one interview with WGBH News, Meehan said he has charged the campus with coming up with a strategic plan to cut expenses.

"In some cases to cut programs. In some cases to cut employees. And at the same time, I think, if they develop their UMass Boston online program that could generate revenue,” Meehan explained.

Meehan suggests UMass Boston develop more professional science programs to grow enrollment.

Ultimately, though, he says UMass Boston is struggling with a structural deficit, so it will take years before the campus is back on solid financial ground.

Earlier: UMass Boston Faculty Cuts Emblematic Of Funding Crisis In Public Higher Ed

Related: At UMass Boston, A Campus In Turmoil

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