Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Enrollment decline leads to budget cuts at USM - Ellen Ciurczak, American

Last fall, when Steven Moser was dean of the University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters, he got word from university officials that revenue was down due to a decline in enrollment. The order came to cut the budget. It was an order heard across the university. Moser immediately began to work with the chairmen and directors of such departments as anthropology and sociology, English, theater, mass communication and journalism and music to figure out how to cut more than $664,000 from the college's budget. "We began with an assessment of program productivity, and we also looked at (where there was) the ability to reduce budgets without having a direct impact on students," Moser said.

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