The University of Missouri has never fully recovered from the left wing campus protests of 2015. Enrollment has dropped, faculty members have been laid off, and now they’re facing a serious budget problem.
The College Fix reports:
Fallout: University of Missouri struggles with $50 million shortfall, reduced enrollment after racial protests
The University of Missouri recently announced major budget and staffing cuts, the latest move the university has made in response to financial and political crises following racial protests that rocked the public system’s flagship campus in fall 2015.
The school has suffered from a negative public image and reduced funding in the wake of the protests. State funding cuts and continuing depressed enrollment resulted in a $49 million budget shortfall. To cope, the administration laid off 30 employees and permanently eliminated 155 vacant positions.
A Missouri state representative told The College Fix that the university is “more concerned about the money, and image, than the student.” College students who decided not to attend University of Missouri said that the environment created by the protests, as well as high costs and unfavorable funding options, caused them to turn to other schools.
Protests and Unrest
In fall 2015, the alleged use of racial of racial slurs toward the leader of the Missouri students association led to an explosion of racial activism and protests on the campus.
The university could have fixed this problem in 2015, but they doubled down instead. Now they are paying the price.