Academic units at UW-Madison will have to absorb about $23 million in cuts over the next two years as part of the proposed $250 million reduction in state funding to the University of Wisconsin System, according to a university spokesman.

How those cuts will be carried out — if class sizes will grow, advising services reduced or positions eliminated — is not yet known, UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said.

But schools and colleges at the state’s flagship university will see reductions of 2-4 percent of their total funding under the budget set for consideration in the Legislature next week, Lucas said.

Administrative units will see a $9 million reduction, he said.

The largest cut will go to the College of Letters and Science, which will see a $7.4 million drop in funding. The School of Medicine and Public Health will absorb the next-largest reduction of $3.33 million.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will lose $2.76 million; College of Engineering $1.78 million; School of Education $1.41 million; Graduate School $1.34 million; School of Business $1.22 million; School of Veterinary Medicine $1.06 million; Law School $902,800; School of Pharmacy, $597,600; School of Nursing $383,095; and College of Human Ecology $354,500.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank began planning for the reductions last fall, when cuts appeared likely.

Blank announced in April that UW-Madison would have to cut more than 400 campus jobs, many by eliminating vacant positions and others through layoffs, as a result of the state funding cuts.

John Karl Scholz, dean of the College of Letters and Science, said at the time the cuts will reduce the number of classes offered to students and extend their time in college.

The university will raise some extra money through an additional $3.5 million per year from the UW Athletic Department, Lucas said.

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Nico Savidge is the higher education reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.