SOU Moving Forward in Retrenchment

SOUASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University held a public forum to hear from students and staff about its future cuts. A month ago the university announced it’s going to have to make cuts in its academic programs.

The university has lost money through declining enrollment and tuition revenue fall. It’s still not clear what programs will be cut but university staff will be let go.

“Losing people is horrible. We have tremendous faculty and staff here and we’re the major employer in Ashland and the Rogue Valley,” said SOU President Mary Cullinan.

SOU will make cuts to off-set a targeted budget shortfall, between $3.3 million and $5 million.

The university is opening another public comment period from now till January 16th. After that, the university will develop a final plan.