JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Jacksonville State University is reducing its budget because of declining enrollment.
Trustees approved $650,000 in budget cuts Monday because the university lost $1.2 million in expected revenue.
The Anniston Star reports that the decline is linked to a drop in enrollment of 468 students this fall.
University statistics show enrollment has been falling since reaching a high of 9,504 students in 2010. Enrollment was down to 9,161 students last year, and it fell further this year.
University officials say the budget cuts will be made up by reducing employee travel and less spending on maintenance and supplies. The school also is cutting hours for part-time employees and delaying hiring for job vacancies.
Trustee Thomas Dedrick says Jacksonville State has to find a way to increase enrollment.
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