ORONO — More than 200 students, faculty and staff are hoping to head off more than $12 million in cuts across several academic departments at the University of Maine.

A Wednesday protest of the cuts came on the eve of a working group’s deadline to give a final recommendation for cuts to President Robert Kennedy, who’ll make his recommendations later this month.

The proposed cuts would eliminate 80 faculty positions by 2014 and reduce both the number of undergraduate academic majors and the number of master’s degrees. Among the areas targeted were women’s studies, foreign languages, public administration and performing arts.

Theater and Dance Chairman Tom Mikotowicz says the cuts need to be reconsidered if the campus is to consider itself a “full-service university.”

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