The University of Missouri-St. Louis plans to lay off an unknown number of employees this year as the school tries to plug a $15 million hole in its budget.
UMSL’s budget problems first came into the picture in November when Chancellor Thomas George announced the school was dealing with an unexpected decline in enrollment. At the time, the budget shortfall was projected to be somewhere between $8 million and $12 million.
Spokesman Bob Samples blamed UMSL’s problems on a number of issues, including shrinking funding from the state over the past five years and a steady drop in transfer students, who make up 75 percent of the student body.
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