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UMass Administrators Defend Improvements Despite Likely Cuts

BOSTON — University of Massachusetts administrators are defending plans to increase faculty, boost student enrollment and upgrade facilities, even though the university is likely facing budget cuts.

Members of the Faculty Senate asked Thursday how UMass plans to pay for all the developments when the university will likely have to deal with more cuts next year.

Chancellor Robert Holub said money for the building projects has already been set aside and Deputy Chancellor Todd Diacon said it's important to design an ambitious long-term plan, despite the economy.

"To act decisively, to be creative, and to work even harder, to produce a series of successes that will make the University of Massachusetts Amherst better, even in these most difficult times," Diacon said.

The latest version of the university's strategic plan sets a goal of raising $60 million a year to double its endowment over the next decade.

This program aired on December 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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