Western prepares for large possible cut in higher education funding

Missouri Western is bracing for possible cuts in state appropriations that could amount to roughly $7.9 million. If the funding is cut by 25 percent, which is a possibility, the amount received from the state in fiscal year 2010 would drop from $25.5 million to $17.6 million.

The $25.5 million would have been the result of an 8.5 percent increase Western was anticipating from the current fiscal year’s appropriation of $23.5 million. The increase was proposed to be 5.5 percent as part of a three year increase totaling 15 percent and the additional three percent was recommended by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education to compensate for the equity factors involved in state funding.

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