Why Is West Virginia U. Making Sweeping Cuts?
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Dan Bauman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The roots of West Virginia University’s unprecedented proposed cuts to programs and departments run deep. They include external forces like the pandemic, declines in state appropriations, demographic trends, and budget battles at the federal level.
But they are also the result of internal choices and miscalculations like debt-fueled spending on buildings and, most crucially, the big bet by university leaders on enrollment growth that didn’t pay off.