U. of Montana Debates 4-Day Week

January 27, 2010

The University of Montana may deal with state budget cuts by adopting a four-day week for classes and work schedules, The Missoulian reported. The idea is estimated to save $450,000, mostly on utility cost reductions, which also reflect the environmental gains from the approach. All class meetings would be Tuesday through Friday, with class times shifted to 90 minutes, and more classes at 8 a.m. The standard employee work day would be 10 hours. While some community colleges adopted similar schedules, primarily during the summer, and plenty of individuals operate this way, the idea would be unusual at a research university.

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