Last Sunday I posted about Jillian Kay Melchior’s report on the decline and fall of the University of Missouri. While the press is filled with stories of impudent, obstreperous and rebellious college students, Mizzou, as it is affectionately called, has suffered because its craven administrators caved to said student activists.
Melchior summarizes the continuing fallout:
Fresh figures show graduate enrollment down 1,140
Plunge compared to ‘Tulane after Hurricane Katrina’
New data shows that existing students are also bailing
Budget down $32.5 m
Two residence halls closed, library hours and staff reduced
315 students have no lodging
50 cleaning and maintenance jobs gone
Tenured faculty have to take out own trash; cleaners face unemployment
Some wonder if Mizzou will survive
In more detail, Melchior explains:
The university’s declining enrollment, combined with some added expenses for new diversity initiatives, has left Mizzou with a $32.5 million shortfall, the Columbia Tribune reported recently. Overall, the university is bracing for a 5 percent cut across the budget over the next fiscal year.
Mizzou’s new pinch will literally change the campus’s landscape. In March, the university announced plans to accelerate the scheduled closure of two dorms. A month later, it announced the shuttering of two more residence halls, eliminating lodging for an additional 315 students.
Less than a week later, Mizzou also announced that it will cut at least 50 cleaning and maintenance jobs. The university is also considering the slashing as many as 11 additional such operational jobs over the summer.
Practically, these job cuts mean that faculty must take out their own trash, sidewalks will be trimmed only twice a year, tailgaters’ Saturday litter won’t be picked up until Monday morning, and snow removal will be slower next winter, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.
The Operations Division isn’t the only department axing jobs. The university’s library system is also preparing for a $894,000 reduction in funding. Starting next semester, students will no longer enjoy 24-hour access to Ellis Library. Six of the eight library positions vacant at the end of this semester won’t be filled. The library is also considering how many part-time and student positions it will need to cut next year.
Additionally, the University will implement a hiring freeze, as well as a moratorium on raises for many staffers.
No one is crying for Mizzou. We can only wish that other universities will start paying a similar price for caving in to political correctness.