Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Poorest states cut what experts say could help the most: higher ed

The Hechinger Report
November 26th, 2014

Conor Bell may give up on the Mississippi Delta.
Bell is a junior at a public university in the heart of this poorest corner of the poorest state in America—the birthplace of the blues. But the program that drew him here is being shut down.
Bell studies journalism, victim of newly announced cuts to save $1 million at this campus that will also claim foreign languages, theater arts, an athletic training program, mass communication, rhetoric, technical writing, and undergraduate majors in insurance and real estate.
“We may not have as many majors as business,” he said outside a Delta State University journalism classroom named for a local sportswriter who left his life savings to pay for journalism scholarships. “But we have a strong passion.”

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