“Inside Higher Ed” reports the good news that most states are raising allocations for state universities.
Not so in Mississippi, of course, where mid-year cuts continue and will become permanent (quite likely along with still more new cuts) in next year’s budget. Make no mistake – this is a grave threat to USM, one far more imminent than any possibly posed by a reorganization. No one is sitting on fat reserves, least of all the School of Social Work and the College of Health, so how might new reductions be made? We’re already dealing with travel spending restrictions and hiring freezes. If history is a guide, expect a bevy of ideas – many if not most of them bad – to begin circulating soon.