COLUMBIA — The UM System is searching for a firm to identify areas where it  could make additional budget cuts and wants the work done quickly.

Facing millions in budget cuts, the University of Missouri System has requested the services of a firm that would look for "cost savings or risk mitigation through the evaluation of the people, processes, and technology that comprise administrative functions," according to the request for proposals, which was posted on May 26 and closes June 9.

System representatives did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.

According to the request for proposals, the firm would be required to:

  • Analyze spending on administrative staff for the UM System and MU.
  • Identify opportunities to lower spending. 
  • Offer solutions to identified problems that the UM System could implement quickly.

The firm would be required to begin work within 30 days of its hiring and complete the project within 60 days.

The administration of the UM System has inflated over the years, according to a review of staff directories.

In 2005, there were about 140 administrative positions, according to the staff directories listed on an archived version of the System's website. Using current directories, the Missourian was able to identify roughly 275 administrative positions for the UM System.

That count does not include the university relations team that was laid off Thursday. It also doesn't include any staff from Institutional Research and Planning, the link to which, like the university relations page, no longer works.

The UM System is facing significant financial challenges for the upcoming school year. MU alone faces approximately $60 million in budget cuts, according to previous Missourian reporting

UM System President Mun Choi will address the budget for fiscal year 2018 on Friday afternoon.

Supervising editors are Sky Chadde and John Sadler.

  • Summer 2017 general assignment reporter, fall 2018 writer for Vox. I am a junior studying arts & culture journalism. Reach me at gabrielavelasquez@mail.missouri.edu or (901) 216-9147.

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