MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says discussions about cutting more than a dozen liberal arts majors at UW-Stevens Point could extend into the fall.

Cross told the Board of Regents during a meeting Thursday that UW-Stevens Point officials are currently discussing the cuts with shared governance groups, faculty and students. He says those discussions could go onto well into the fall semester.

He added that the regents have entrusted chancellors with the authority to change their schools' programs and regents shouldn't insert themselves into what he called a "campus-based conversation."

UW-Stevens Point has proposed cutting the majors to cope with a projected $4.5 million budget deficit. The plan calls for adding or expanding 16 programs with a higher demand.