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Focus on what counts at the University of Montana: Education

December 13, 2013View for printing

To cut or not to cut, that is the question.

Angered by criticisms coming from an increasing number of faculty, students, staff and citizens, top University of Montana administrators launched a campaign trying to convince "town and gown" of the validity of their past and present policies, which in the past two years have given a black eye to Montana's flagship university, by shifting the blame on some "vocal few" faculty.

In a Missoulian interview (Nov. 21), Christopher Comer, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, dismissed the enormousness of the cuts he applied to his college's curriculum in Spring 2013 ($8 million university-wide), conveniently forgetting to add that these cuts were not the first, but rather the continuation, of years of systematic retrenchments.

But let us focus on what counts.

Guest column by MICHEL VALENTIN

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