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Officials with the University of Tennessee say an efficiency and effectiveness task force formed in 2008 in reaction to the economic recession has saved the UT system $45.8 million.

Initiatives overseen by the task force included program consolidations, energy efficiencies, outsourcing decisions, paperless programs, vacant position eliminations, administrative reductions, IT efficiencies, space utilizations, travel reductions, commencement ceremony changes and campus transportation adjustments, officials said.

The committee met today at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to discuss 117 initiatives already underway.

"These are tremendous results and are due to the hard work of campus and institute leaders and the support and assistance of the board committee," said UT President Joe DiPietro said in a statement. "I'm proud of how far we have come to prepare for the challenges ahead with the end of federal stimulus funding."

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