Jackson State’s New Budget Borrows $6M

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Jackson State University will cut its budget by nearly 8 percent and borrow $6 million as the school works through financial difficulties. The state’s College Board has approved plans to eliminate nine departments through mergers and downgrade the School of Journalism and Media Studies to a department. Mississippi’s largest historically black university will also lay off 42 non-faculty employees, suspend the men’s and women’s golf teams for two years, and close a branch campus in Madison. Former president Carolyn Meyers resigned last year after trustees intervened in Jackson State finances. The school’s upcoming budget is supposed to produce a $3 million surplus to begin rebuilding cash reserves.



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