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In light of declining enrollment at Youngstown State University, department heads have been asked to scrutinize their budgets.
The university has planned for a 1 percent decrease in enrollment, but department heads are being asked to have a plan in place to adjust staff and class offerings if enrollment falls below the projected amount.
YSU Communications Director Ron Cole said many universities across the nation are facing increasingly difficult budget challenges but said enrollment numbers are cyclical and he doesn’t anticipate any unusual events.
“The challenges facing YSU are due mostly to significant cuts in state funding and decreasing enrollment,” said Cole.
Classes begin at YSU on Aug. 21.