Southern Illinois University has approved a 'financial sustainability plan' that includes recommendations to close seven programs at the Carbondale campus.
The Southern Illinoisan reports the Board of Trustees signed off on Thursday the new strategy that calls for $26 million in cuts, including permanent budget reductions totaling $19 million.
The strategy includes about $7 million in one-time reductions intended to pay back funds borrowed during the state budget crisis.
Programs recommended for closure include some mining engineering, business economics and political science.
SIU System President Randy Dunn says the programs have been red-flagged but no final decisions have been made.