MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Monroe is reducing its workforce.

Because of budget cuts and the need to lessen its dependency on restricted funds, The News-Star reports five administrative staff positions were eliminated Wednesday, and university officials could announce another cut of up to 30 positions by the end of the month, which will take effect at the first of 2014.

University President Dr. Nick J. Bruno originally informed faculty and staff of a plan to trim $1.5 million in staff positions in his State of the University address Aug. 15.

Over the last three years, ULM reduced the number of senior administrative staff and cut operational costs to meet challenges forced by less state funding.