UMSL implements hiring freeze, says Ferguson hurt enrollment

The University of Missouri-St. Louis has instituted a hiring freeze as it faces a $2 million budget shortfall due to low enrollment figures, and UMSL Chancellor Tom George said concerns about unrest in Ferguson are partially to blame for keeping some students away.

UMSL was expecting a 4 percent increase in enrollment this fall, but the university only saw a 1.5 percent increase. Some 300 students – including new students and students who had previously enrolled – decided against attending the school.

The hiring freeze, which will last until June 30 and include full-time faculty and staff positions, aims to address an expected dip in enrollment for the spring semester. Currently, 6 percent fewer students have signed up for spring classes compared to last year.

Read more from the St. Louis Business Journal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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