The campus protests of 2015 really damaged the University of Missouri. They never fully recovered and now they’ve started laying people off. That’s not a good sign at all.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
University of Missouri System begins layoffs at headquarters
The University of Missouri System began a major round of layoffs at its Columbia headquarters Wednesday in a cost-cutting move that appears to at least initially be affecting its lobbying and public-relations operations.
As of Wednesday afternoon, several sources confirmed numerous employees had been let go in the university relations department. However, the extent of the job losses at the headquarters was not clear.
The 18-person university relations department houses federal and state lobbyists, the custodian of records and nine communications employees.
The layoffs precede a big announcement expected Friday from system president Mun Choi on the final decisions about budget cuts at the system and all four campuses: Columbia, Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City.
A representative for the university system declined to comment Wednesday but said that layoffs would be part of Friday’s announcement.
This news comes after reports last month that the school was closing three dorms. The school could be in serious trouble. If enrollment continues to drop, more cuts will come.