Mo. higher ed. commissioner sees trouble ahead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's higher education commissioner says some of the state's colleges could be forced to make painful cuts once the two-year safety tap of federal stimulus money runs dry. Robert Stein says that unless the state's economy quickly recovers, there will be a reckoning.

The Kansas City Star reported that he issued his warning in a letter sent to campus chancellors and presidents. He says that to bridge the coming revenue gaps, some schools could become branches of larger ones, while others could close or be forced to go private.

He also says that class sizes could increase and athletic programs could be cut. Another possibility is that schools would be required to share academic programs and services. ---

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