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Western sees red: university taps into reserve funds

Fueled by a decline in enrollment and rise in expenses, Missouri Western was $1.4 million in the red last year and has had a $3 million deficit over the past three years. That trend has pulled the university’s reserves down to $7.3 million as of fiscal year 2016, making such losses unsustainable. This year — Fiscal Year 2017, ending June... Read More

Western enrollment down three percent

As of Sept. 28, Western’s official census reported a three percent drop in enrollment from fall 2015. Currently, Western has 5,388 full time students in its cohort. Vice President of Enrollment Paul Orscheln thinks the growing economy might play a role in Western’s slight decrease in enrollment. “We saw a significant drop in the number of students age 30 and... Read More

LAS: A school divided

Walking through the halls of Potter, it is obvious that students have outgrown the building. They sit on the floor using laptops or playing instruments. They are overflowing classrooms and studios. They rehearse outside to escape the cramped building when able. Finally, change is on its way. The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffon has submitted a... Read More

Keeping alcohol policy under lock and key

Alcohol plus students doesn’t equal irresponsible adults. The Board of Governors at Missouri Western approved a policy that would allow alcohol in every building on campus except the parking lots and residence halls.  This decision was made solely for the purpose of aiding Western in attracting companies to invest in the university. The idea of bringing investors to Western is... Read More

Budget cuts affect faculty and staff members

In this year alone, Western has 35 vacant jobs that will be hard to fill due to the university’s recent budget cuts. For the past three years, budget cuts have been the main cause of teaching positions that remain empty. President Vartabedian feels that due to budget cuts, certain teaching jobs that are open have become even harder to fill... Read More