Facing budget crunch, UMSL dissolves public policy school, may see layoffs

The campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
The campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas George said the university could face a variety of changes in the next year as it looks to make up for an $8 million budget shortfall.

The budget crunch, which George attributed to a 4 percent decrease in enrollment, has led UMSL to abruptly dissolve its School of Public Policy and Administration, which was announced just months ago.

Although layoffs aren’t currently under consideration, George said they are a possibility.

The school’s dip in enrollment comes at a time when it had projected a 2 percent increase in student population. A school representative blamed the falling headcount on numerous factors, including a steady decrease in the number of transfer students.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio


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