Ah, this is poetic justice indeed. In 2015 the University of Missouri chose to cater to the pampered ramblings of some unjustly riled student protesters and in 2016 Mizzou is paying the price for their weak-kneed acquiescence.
The interim chancellor (because remember, the previous chancellor had to quit after he did nothing wrong) for the University of Missouri announced on Wednesday that the school was facing a massive budget shortfall and had already lost some 1500 students in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter Mizzou protests. Here’s part of what interim chancellor Hank Foley said in his letter to Mizzou’s staff;
“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…
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.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation has more on Mizzou’s problems.
It was already known that MU had seen a drop in applications following the protests, but Foley’s letter drives home just how big a blow the school has been dealt.
Foley doesn’t break down the 1,500 lost students by class year, but the bulk of the decline comes from the entering freshman class. How major? In 2015, MU had 6,200 freshman undergraduates, meaning its freshman class size may have shrunk by 20 percent or more, an incredible swing for a single year.
Notably, Foley’s letter makes no mention of the protests as a potential factor in Mizzou’s declining appeal.
Foley also is unlikely to have much luck in turning to Missouri lawmakers for support. Disgusted by the university’s actions last fall, Republicans have refused to increase its budget and have even been considering making a big cut to the school’s state support.
Remember these protests and the forced resignation of MU’s chancellor all stemmed from two racial slurs – one that didn’t actually happen and another involving someone who wasn’t even a student – and a poop swastika that wasn’t actually directed at anyone. Sadly, because most of America’s universities are now populated with and run by liberals (like the fascist MU professor who threatened a student reporter with violence), Mizzou responded poorly and allowed the fake, professional agitators to destroy a once-proud institution. However, the response to the ridiculous, trumped up and fake protests at MU has offered us a glimmer of hope. Many have begun to recognize the ridiculousness that is the #BlackLivesMatter movement (because OF COURSE Black Lives Matter – All Lives Matter), and they’ve begun to fight back. Folks like this Mizzou student who is angry that the protesters have ruined his school’s reputation, “You fail to see that your actions have real-world repercussions. You’ve indiscriminately harmed thousands of current and former Mizzou students. You’ve damaged the value of our degrees and hurt our career prospects. You’ve taken our university, something we should be proud of, and dragged it incessantly through the dirt. It’s time for you to see the big picture — your actions affect us all. It’s time to act like adults.” (Read his entire letter to the protesters here.)
I’m glad that Mizzou is suffering financially for their immoral embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement, and I hope that schools across the country might learn the hard lesson that most Americans just don’t buy the fake outrage.
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