Mississippi HBCUs to merge

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s plan to merge his state’s historically black schools into one is attracting ire.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s plan to merge his state’s historically black schools into one is attracting ire.

    Amid budgetary restrictions, Haley wants to fold the three historically black universities in his state into one, reports AOL News. Under the proposal, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University would be absorbed by Jackson State University in a move that would save the state about $35 million.

     
    Students and faculty from all three universities have all condemned the proposal.
     
    "The governor’s proposed budget cuts will change the face of higher education in Mississippi for decades," Jackson State President Ronald Mason said in a statement.
     
    "We don’t have a lot of detail," explained Alcorn State President George Ross. "We’re reacting to something without much of the knowledge to react to it."
     
    Students gathered at the Mississippi State Capitol building last Thursday to protest the news, according to WAPT, Jackson’s ABC affiliate.
     
    "The students at Alcorn understand the financial state the state [and] the country are facing right now," said student Ryan Martin. "We really want to come to the table with the governor and come up with a better solution instead of merging our universities together. We kind of feel like there are some innovative ways that we plan to bring to the table to stop this merger from happening."
     
    The schools and their students have also mobilized on popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook with an online petition.
     
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