HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The first round of appeals for potential program cuts at USM are complete, and some may end up staying in place.
Initially, 27 programs were up for elimination, and when it came time for appeals, representatives from 23 pleaded their case. Now, the appeals committee is recommending 10 of them stay in place, eliminating the rest while retaining staff of two of those recommended for elimination.
This comes after all state universities were mandated to prepare budget cuts for the 2011-2012 academic year. Southern Miss anticipates a decrease of $15 million dollars for 2012.
"This has been a very traumatic event for all of us and my hopes is that by trimming our number of programs we will perhaps put ourselves in a position that in which future financial reversal will not result in this kind of action," said University Provost Dr. Bob Lyman.
Before any program is officially cut, it must first be reviewed by University President Martha Saunders. A second round of appeals will also take place.
View the appeals report here: http://www.usm.edu/budget/ or http://www.usm.edu/budget/2011/01/19/budget_appeals_doc.pdf