Saunders saves eleven USM programs

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Southern Miss President Martha Saunders has accepted the recommendations of the University's Appeals Panel. Eleven programs originally slated for termination will now be saved.

University Provost, Bob Lyman said in 2010 a priorities committee submitted a list of several programs they recommended for elimination due to budget constraints. Southern Miss's Executive Cabinet then selected 28 programs to cut.

An appeals process was put in place for those programs and a committee in charge of it recommended President Saunders save eleven programs.

Lyman said the Deans of the colleges affected by the cuts came up with some alternative solutions to meet a budget shortfall. "And they were able to mobilize some resources and in most cases we still will get some cost savings even without cutting these programs," said Lyman.

One of the programs that will continue at Southern Miss is religion.

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