ORONO — University of Maine President Robert Kennedy is recommending cutbacks and other changes to the university’s academic programs to adjust to budget reductions.

The recommendations, by a faculty and administration committee, are aimed at reducing UMaine’s academic budget by $12.2 million over a three-year period beginning in July 2011.

They call for eliminating the Department of Public Administration, suspending German and Latin language majors and suspending the theater and women’s studies majors. Also suggested: downsizing other programs, consolidations in the College of Engineering and elimination of bachelor’s degrees in aquaculture, wood science, forest operations and forest ecosystem science.

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