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Southern Miss proposes $8 million in cuts, more to come

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss officials have slashed just over $8 million from their 2011 budget - cuts that include the loss of some tenured professors and staff.

The budget cuts have been proposed for next year in anticipation of a continued shortfall in state appropriations and general cost increases.  

Of the teaching positions proposed for elimination, seven are tenured positions and five are on track for tenure.  

The biggest hit comes from the elimination of three economics degree programs at a savings of almost $1 million. That will include the loss of five tenured professors and four instructors on track for tenure.

Other proposed cost-cutting measures include closing the Jackson County campus - a savings of $200,000, and a reduced travel budget to away games for the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and the Dixie Darlings by $130,000.

Other savings will come from reducing or eliminating travel budgets and designating other programs to be self supporting.

In all, the university is aiming to reduce spending by $11-12 million for fiscal year 2011.  

Officials now plan to examine non-academic areas for the remaining savings.      

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