Alcorn State May Cut Classes and Majors to Deal With Budget Crunch

Alcorn State University, the historically black educational institution in Lorman, Mississippi, had its budget cut by 5 percent for the coming academic year and expects another 5 percent cut on top of that.

With a potential drop in state funding of $2.5 million the university has instituted a hiring freeze. More than 60 positions remain unfilled at the university.

In addition, the university is looking to cut classes and possibly do away with some of the 98 majors now offered on campus.

Alcorn State President George Ross is not ready to panic. He told the Natchez Democrat, “We have survived recessions in the past and we have survived budget cuts larger than this. We’ll have to make some adjustments, but in the end we will be stronger.”