Wichita State University president John Bardo was remarkably restrained in reacting to proposed state university funding cuts of 3 percent or more next fiscal year (which the Legislature passed early Monday morning). In a message last month to the WSU campus, Bardo wrote that “although these are difficult times, we will continue to position the university to grow enrollment by delivering great educational, career and life value to students who choose Wichita State.” Pittsburg State University president Steve Scott wasn’t as diplomatic. In comments to his campus, Scott wrote that “the continuing cuts are placing our university and our community in an untenable position,” adding that the state’s lack of stability and predictability in its finances is “making it nearly impossible to manage the budget of the university.” – Phillip Brownlee
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