Mizzou Protests Lead to Plunge In Freshmen, Massive Budget Deficits

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Via Fox Sports: The fallout from the fake Mizzou protests continues to destablize the University of Missouri. Last week the interim chancellor of the university emailed students that the university will enroll 1,500 less students than projected and faces a budget shortfall of $32 million this year.
While the 1,500 fewer students aren’t broken out by year, the vast majority of them will come from the entering freshman class. How substantial is the decline in enrollment? Based on Mizzou admission data from past years we’re talking about a potential 20% drop in enrolled freshmen.
Here was the email from interim chancellor Hank Foley:

“Dear university community, I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall. I wish I had better news.
The anticipated declines—which total about 1,500 fewer students than current enrollment at MU— in addition to a small number of necessary investments are expected to leave us with an approximate $32 million budget gap for next year. A smaller entering freshman class will have continuing impact on finances as they progress toward their degrees at MU…  Given that these declines are the result of drops in first-time student enrollments and retention of enrolled students, there are a number of initiatives and projects currently underway to stem the tide in both the short- and long-term. We are reaching out to admitted students who have not yet enrolled and to their parents with phone calls, Skype calls, videos and a text campaign – all of which involve current students, faculty and administrators throughout the university. We also are in the process of adding more out-of-state recruiters and we are redesigning all our Admissions materials to ensure they meet the expectations and needs of prospective students. I have also asked Admissions to develop a new web-based admissions platform that is streamlined and that will involve live feedback to prospective students. The goal is to make it easy to apply and to know very quickly what their prospects are for admission to MU. The key is to be faster, more personal and much more interactive.
To this end, we are implementing the following guidelines for FY17 budget planning. We will:
Impose a cut of 5 percent to all annual recurring general revenue budgets (rate dollars) without exception. Should the current assumptions that led to a $32 million gap be absolutely accurate, we will be $10 million short of balancing our recurring budget. A gap of that nature will be addressed in FY17 with reserves (cost dollars), and then any additional cuts necessary to balance the recurring budget will be carried into the following year.
We are implementing an across-the-board hiring freeze for all units on campus. We urge all campus administrators to carefully review their staffing levels and to not refill any positions unless they are absolutely necessary to the mission. Decisions to add faculty or staff must be exceptional, but will be left to the discretion of the deans, vice chancellors, vice provosts and the director of athletics.
We will not have an annual merit increase program this year. Effectively that means merit increases are at zero for the entire campus. Promotional increases for faculty will still be provided. While these budget challenges will affect our ability to deliver teaching, research and service to Missourians in the short term, we also know that we have survived other stressors of this kind before. We will endeavor as a campus to make decisions on these reductions that will least hamper our ability to deliver our core mission. We also will seek to build on the strengths of this university as we move forward.


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0 responses to “Mizzou Protests Lead to Plunge In Freshmen, Massive Budget Deficits

  1. Surprise! – not.
    Excellent post, DCG!

  2. All college students are dept slaves with no means in the near future to pay off their loans. There are few jobs for them in the near term and less in the future. Hope they wake up.

  3. What cracks me up is that they claim the decrease in enrollment was “unexpected.” That alone should disqualify them from running a state university. Unexpected? Do they have their heads up their rears? Proves how blind they are in their ivory towers. Actions have consequences and so do in-actions.

  4. Gosh! I wonder why parents and students would be leery of attending a university that is in such foment. The aim of higher education is not “how much we can protest” but “can we earn a degree.” Better to steer away from that sinking ship. The problems started, I can assume, long before that goofy journalism professor was mixed up in protesting. I think they have a long road ahead of them of cleaning up their house.
    DCG . . . as Dr Eowyn has already stated–this is an excellent post. I do like to see the “chickens come home to roost” as a consequence of bad decisions. I just feel heartsick for those students who are working hard to finish their degree, and have stayed out of the fray.

  5. Well, all things considering, is this really a loss to society considering what kind of students these schools are spitting out?
    Just think what kind of education they could get if the professors were not so steeped into projecting their liberals thoughts and policies into these open and empty little minds ripe for forming and that the students actually go to college to study and spend their time in class and not objecting to every assignment and the hours they spend at protests.
    I didn’t see where the professors where not getting raises???
    And for all those professors that actually want and do teach your students and keep your mouth shut about political views and for all the students that actually have goals you want to achieve, kudos, nice job.
    I remember back when we students never even knew how our teachers voted or what or if they even attended church. That is how it should be now.

  6. What happens when you run your college as an obnoxious politically correct business (or even your business as an obnoxious politically correct business, for that matter).

  7. Gee-what a bummer….

  8. Mizzou enrollment plunge continues: Three more dorms shutting down next year


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