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Delta State Announces Proposed Cuts that May Save Money

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CLEVELAND, Miss.–Delta State has announced proposed cuts that are intended to save the university money after decades of losses. The proposals were announced in a 15-page document and in a campus town hall Monday.

Positions and people will be cut. Tenured or professors on a track to tenure cannot be fired immediately and will be offered contracts for the next school year. But, some positions which are currently vacant will not be filled, which include some of the academic deans and vice presidents.
The College of Arts and Sciences will be eliminated, as will the College of Graduate and Honors Studies.
While some of those degree programs will be retained, many will be eliminated. That includes some basic degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art, as well as a basic accountancy degree. Instead the school will encourage people who want an English degree to enroll in a secondary English education track or a degree in visual arts, which will include studies in digital art as well as studio art.
The cuts are mostly due to declining enrollment. While other institutions have seen record enrollment, like Mississippi Valley State University to the east, DSU has only recently seen increases.
The changes reflect the declines and will shape Delta State to be a more practical and less immersive institution.
Athletics will not sacrifice their “pound of flesh”, as the department is considered a money maker, and the expectation is that more students will be recruited to the program successfully. The Delta Music Institute, the school’s music business and music recording program, will remain relatively unchanged.
All of the changes are pending the approval of the state’s Board of Institutions of Higher Learning.
While Ennis has clued state lawmakers and the general public for months that changes were coming, the document still tended to spin the cuts into a positive light. But, the cuts are deep enough that the changes will be noticeable to current and future students. In other words, positions that most other universities have, Delta State will not have after the cuts.
The savings are expected to be about $6.1 million immediately, and another $1.5 million by the end of FY 2027, once some professorships can be eliminated.
 
“In order to fortify Delta State University as a stronger institution poised for future success, I have made the difficult decision to implement budget cuts, program reductions, and service changes aimed at addressing the university’s challenges,” said Ennis in a prepared statement.
 
“These measures are necessary for the greater good of DSU’s sustainability and long-term viability.”