This isn’t very surprising news. Mizzou’s enrollment dropped in recent years and they never took corrective steps after their protest kerfuffle a few years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Layoffs aren’t off the table as the University of Missouri System schools battle budget cuts

Leaders at the four University of Missouri System schools have less than a month to bring forward budget proposals that outline how they’re going to handle their share of budget cuts for the coming year.

Layoffs and program cuts are among the items that school leaders should consider, according to a budget planning webpage set up Monday by the UM System.

According to the statement, the budget cuts will range from 8 to 12 percent across the four campuses, which are the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri University of Science & Technology, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The proposed higher education funding from Gov. Eric Greitens earlier this year included $40 million in cuts to the University of Missouri System campuses and operations for the fiscal year starting July 1, on top of $31 million in withholds for the current year.

The budget is still making its way through the Legislature.

The school wants budget and campus leaders to take care to protect “programs of excellence,” or those that bring in more research grants, are nationally ranked and have greater enrollment, among other factors.