In Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

Dead on arrival–at least that’s what many opponents of the proposed JSU, ASU, and MVSU consolidation were told yesterday. College Board (IHL) President Scott Ross said in a Senate hearing meeting that “Based on private conversations that we’ve had with members of the Legislature as well as many public comments that we’ve seen by members of the Legislature, we have assumed that the merger idea is dead on arrival in this Capitol, and there is no reason for us to discuss. And we haven’t.”

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds said that the university system budget could be reduced by at least $183 million by 2012. Furthermore Bounds said that in order for the university system to reconcile the shortfall in the budget, there will be some 400 employees laid off, reduction in 850 courses, and the loss of 35 departments. For Bounds “If the projections are worse than this … the three (historically black universities) won’t be the only ones in real trouble.”


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