Thank you, Captain Obvious, er, University of Missouri.
Freshman enrollment at the University of Missouri has fallen by 35 percent since 2015, when racial tensions triggered protests and hunger strikes.
The administration at the University of Missouri—commonly called Mizzou—has publicly stated that the decline in enrollment is a backlash from the 2015 protests and families associating the university with racism and anarchical protests, the New York Times reported.
“The general consensus was that it was because of the aftermath of what happened in November 2015,” said Mun Choi, the new system president, referring to the climax of the demonstrations. “There were students from both in state and out of state that just did not apply, or those who did apply but decided not to attend.”….
Mizzou was experiencing growth prior to the 2015 incidents, constructing new buildings and dormitories. However, with budget cuts and a decline in state funding resulting from loss in enrollment numbers, the university will be temporarily closing seven dorm buildings and cutting more than 400 positions in staff and nontenured faculty members….