Posted May 03, 2019 10:14:55 Many U. S. universities are considering shutting down, or possibly restructuring in the coming years, due to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts, according to a report in USA Today.
The Trump administration is seeking to slash federal funding for higher education, which would impact the ability of some institutions to fund their operations and programs, while also putting pressure on state governments to make higher education more affordable.
The University of Dayton and the University of Virginia have already announced plans to close down, according the report.
President Teresa Sullivan said that while she hopes that the university can still serve its students, she has decided to end the program as an accredited institution.
“It’s very difficult for me to do what I do without being able to keep the students, and it’s very, very difficult to make sure we are able to fund our operations and support the academic mission of the university,” she told USA Today in a statement.
University of Kentucky Chancellor Jim Gray, who announced the university would end its accreditation in 2019, said that his university is now looking at other options.
“I’m not going to say that we’re out of the woods yet,” he said, adding that he is “aware of discussions” that could be had for other schools to continue operating.
“We’re going to have to make decisions based on the needs of our students,” Gray said.
In the wake of the UVA campus shooting, Gray said that the decision to end accreditation was based on a variety of factors, including the fact that “some institutions are facing very tough budget pressures.”
Gray added that the decisions to stop accreditation were not made lightly.
“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Gray told USA TODAY.
“And I’m going to be honest with you, it took a lot of thought and consideration, and I have to admit I had reservations about the direction that I was going in.”