USM may cut classes, faculty positions

The University of Southern Mississippi might close its Jackson County campus, cut several tenured positions and eliminate classes, due to the economic recession.  According to the Picayune Item, with the help of federal stimulus dollars, the Mississippi Legislature funded higher education this year at about the same level as the previous fiscal year, but the forecast for future funding is dimming.  That has prompted most of Mississippi’s eight public universities to take a closer look at spending and strategies.

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