Declining Enrollments Have Led to a Budget Crisis at Savannah State University

Savannah State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, is facing an $11 million budget shortfall for the 2023-24 academic year. The university has seen a 25 percent decline in enrollments since 2011 which have triggered mandatory cuts in state funds for operating the university. In 2021, Savannah State University enrolled just over 3,100 undergraduate and 247 graduate students. African Americans make up 84 percent of the student body.

To compensate for the budget shortfall, the university is proposing a campus-wide reassessment of its academic programs. Programs such as English, history, eniromental science, and Africana studies may be “deactivated.” This means that no new students will be able to major in these subjects but courses could still be taught in these areas. Some non-tenured faculty members may lose their jobs. Remaining faculty may be asked to take on additional teaching duties.

Davis Marshall, dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State wrote in a report that “past practices have contributed to inefficiency which has bloated the academic budget. Too many classes have been taught with 5 to 9 students, Managing the costs of delivering education will be key to our long-term success as a unit. Ultimately, as the university emerges from this temporary crisis on the other side of this process, each academic department will have to commit to being resource efficient and committed to vigorously pursuing grants and corporate support.”

 

Related Articles

2 COMMENTS

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on gettyimages.com.

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs