A plan to reduce the size of the University of Maryland at College Park because of state budget cuts will get a public examination at a campuswide "town meeting" today.
Conceived by UM's Academic Planning Advisory Committee, the plan calls for the possible elimination of academic programs and the deans' offices in the College of Human Ecology and the College of Library and Information Services.
The plan also calls for the possible merger or realignment of programs in Agriculture and Extension Education; Recreation; Hearing and Speech Sciences; Housing and Design; Industrial, Technological and Occupational Education; Nuclear Engineering; Radio, Television and Film, and Urban Studies.
The proposal also calls for enhancements to UM's stronger programs, such as liberal arts and sciences, engineering and agriculture.
The meeting was expected to attract many of the institution's 2,600 faculty members, said Roz Hiebert, UM spokeswoman.
Detailed in a report called "Preserving Enhancement: A Plan for Strategic Academic Reallocation," the plan charts a course for UM in the wake of recent cuts that have trimmed about $25 million, or 10 percent, from the campus budget.
The budget cuts have forced a delay in the 1988 reorganization of Maryland's higher education system, which was to vault UM to national prominence.
"It is absolutely essential that we make these reductions in a way that protects our strongest programs and supports our highest priorities," said UM President William E. Kirwan.