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University of Missouri: Sinking slowly into the PC sunset

Written By | May 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2017 – An increasing number of articles have been appearing on various internet sites detailing the decline and fall of student enrollment at the University of Missouri.

The reason behind the ongoing decline of interest in attending this university, even among young Missourians who get an in-state tuition break, is quite simple. In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri–which was largely the work of paid #BlackLivesMatter thugs responding violently to fake news stories vilifying the local police–the #BLM perps who attacked local civilians and destroyed local businesses in that small city next chose to threaten the safety of students and faculty at the University of Missouri.

Smart idea by these Soros-supported criminals. With an eye toward another easy victory, they picked their next PR target well. With a history of spinelessness and a tradition of far-leftist beliefs that can be traced back to the 1960s, America’s universities have generally proved to be pushovers when it comes to the unreasonable demands and physical threats of hard-left “demonstrators” (read, “agitators”). They know that today’s thoroughly wussified administrations and faculties will almost instantly kowtow to even their most asinine demands.

Predictably, that’s what happened almost immediately at the University of Missouri, when #BlackLivesMatter threatened the campus with post-Ferguson violence. The University’s administration supinely submitted to #BLM’s extremist, racially tinged “demands,” immediately casting a pall on the school’s reputation, not to mention causing parents of potentially incoming freshmen to fear for the physical safety of their kids while on campus.

Now, according to a report via MRCTV

“The University of Missouri, which was besieged with protests in 2015, is cutting up to 400 jobs, closing seven dorms, and raising tuition up to six percent to offset the continuing budget shortfalls due to declining enrollment.

“After protests on campuses led to a decrease in expected enrollment at the university for the fall 2016 term, the University of Missouri grappled with ways to handle the budget shortfall for the 2016-2017 year. The school ultimately decided to close residence halls and cut jobs when faced with declining enrollment.

“According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, overall enrollment at the university for the previous year declined 6.1 percent. Current projections show enrollment is expected to 7.4 percent for the term starting in the fall, while first-time freshman enrollment is expected to drop by almost 18 percent.

“Within the past two years, freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri has reportedly dropped 35 percent. The expected enrollment numbers will put the school’s enrollment at the lowest in nine years.

“Faced with even greater declining enrollment numbers, Fox2Now reports one of the proposals to deal with the budget shortfall for the 2017-2018 year is to cut up to 400 jobs. Interim Chancellor Garnett Stokes spoke last week about 12 percent cuts across all departments, including between 350-400 positions.”

It could even be that some positions in the tenured faculty are on the chopping block. But, as they say on commercial late-night TV, wait! There’s more:

“In addition to cutting jobs, tuition will also be raised for all students. Fox2Now reports the U.M. Board of Curators voted to increase tuition by 2.1 percent at most campuses, while the School of Medicine will reportedly see a six percent increase. Other schools in the system facing hikes above 2.1 percent include the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla (3 percent) and the St. Louis and Kansas City campuses (at five percent).”

In other words, University of Missouri students will have to pay even more to attend this failing institution, helping further subsidize a university administration already well-known for cowardice and poor management of resources. Also,

“Up to seven more dorm buildings will also be closing starting in the fall semester due to the drop in enrollment. The building closures will reportedly save approximately $2 million.”

The university still plans to hire a new chancellor, however, likely with a lavish salary package and perks that will dwarf the package that their previous (and now resigned) chancellor received for his non-leadership. These certifiable academic idiots never learn.

If University of Missouri ever hopes to regain its reputation, it will be the State Legislature that will have to mount an intervention, getting rid of the administrative dross, the useless academic departments, and the top-heavy and money wasting Title IX combines which, along with the university’s predictably far-left faculty weighting, have rendered degrees from this institution no longer desirable.

It’s time for other states to mount similar interventions at their own state institutions of higher learning. As they’re currently constituted, most of these institutions are indoctrinating rather than educating their students while charging catastrophic, unjustifiable tuition rates in the process, as University of Missouri has once again proved.

America’s campuses are today another key area where the swamp needs to be drained. It’s time for state legislators to get cracking on this key issue before it’s too late to save our academic institutions from following the path of Mizzou’s catastrophic decline.

Terry Ponick

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17