Another higher ed cut likely

Published 1:01 am Friday, October 16, 2009

Jackson State University faculty and staff are looking at furloughs. Delta State is shedding community research centers. And statewide, Mississippi’s public universities may see multiyear tuition hikes.

Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds told the state College Board, which was meeting Wednesday at Alcorn State University, that he expects budgets, already cut $32 million in September, to be cut by at least an additional 3 percent by the end of the year. Bound said state revenues continue to decline.

The board heard plans to cut back on the cost of textbooks, increase energy efficiency on campus and create system-wide purchasing agreements for things like computer software and hardware.

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The board is expected to review eliminating or consolidating some academic programs later.