Charleston Gazette-Mail – The cause of a West Virginia University budget crisis varies, depending on who you ask.
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WVU is grappling with a $45 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, which is expected to swell to $75 million a year by 2028. Over the past several months, the university has pointed to declining enrollment and a projected loss of 5,000 students over the next decade as the main cause of concern.
A recent analysis by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy points to a lack of steady funding from the state government as a key consideration, and an anonymous group of concerned employees says WVU has failed to address emerging concerns as well as comparable institutions, placing it in a minority of schools facing major budget shortages.