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An Alumni Group at Tougaloo College in Mississippi Is Calling for Major Changes

The Alumni Coalition for Change at Tougaloo College in Mississippi has authored an online petition calling for the resignation of all top executives at the college. The petition also wants an audit of all spending of the college since 2019 and an independent audit of enrollment, retention, and attrition from fall 2014 to spring 2023.

The alumni state that “there is discontentment among our ranks directly related to low student enrollment, a decrease in campus morale, horrid student living conditions, and questionable financial practices that have negatively impacted the college

The petition states that “for the sixth consecutive semester, student enrollment has decreased to a record 40-year low. In the current term, Tougaloo College experienced a high rate of attrition among full-time equivalent students. Reportedly, there is a school record of 108 full-time equivalent students, who did not return for the spring 2023 semester.”

The alumni estimate that due to the drop in enrollment, the college will experience a projected $2,000,000 budget shortage.

At the time this post was prepared, 1,440 people had signed the online petition.


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