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https://mississippitoday.org/2017/06/02/jsu-madison-campus-closes-dean-asks-new-president-to-reassess-journalism-school/

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JSU Madison campus closes; dean asks new president to reconsider journalism school



As part of Jackson State’s Budget Reduction and Recovery Plan announced Wednesday, no classes are scheduled at the school’s Madison campus for fall semester 2017. However, termination of JSU’s lease at the Galleria Parkway location remains unresolved.

The university plans to focus on its dual enrollment agreement with Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, signed in 2013. Classes that had been held at JSU’s Madison campus will move to JSU’s main campus in Jackson, to the Holmes campus in Ridgeland or be offered online.

Immediately after Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. was selected as new president of Jackson State University by the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning on Wednesday, university officials distributed details of the restructuring plan that was developed by interim president Dr. Rod Paige and staff to solve the university’s financial crisis.

Bynum says his first priority is getting Jackson State’s finances in order. He assumes the presidency July 1.

All the university’s recommendations must be approved by the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting in June. Upon approval, the recommendations will be implemented immediately.

Last January, Paige asked personnel across university departments with various expertise to form advanced development groups to propose recommendations, which included eliminating jobs and merging some academic departments.

“We did everything possible to avoid implementing a reduction in force. However, due to an additional $4 million in cuts to our state appropriation in fiscal year 2017 — and $1.8 million in additional cuts projected — it became inseparable,” Paige said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to the elimination of 65 vacant positions, 42 currently filled jobs will be terminated. This will affect one dean, seven department chairs and one program coordinator, but no faculty will be lost.

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Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony. Dean of the School of Journalism at Jackson State University

The School of Journalism will be consolidated with the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony’s position as dean of the journalism school is being eliminated; she has been asked to become chairman of the newly structured journalism department.  

“I am concerned about the proposed move from school status to department status. I do recognize Dr. Bynum is new and I hope he will reassess the decision,” said Hayes-Anthony.

In 2015, under Hayes-Anthony’s direction, Jackson State announced the creation of a journalism school out of the Department of Mass Communication.

Anthony questions whether recent increases in partnerships between the school and other groups, student recruitment and proposed courses in media literacy will be affected by the realignment.

The plan to combine parts of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater with the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages and Department of Art will affect Dr. Mark G.Henderson. A tenured professor and chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater, Henderson will return solely to professor status.

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Dr. Mark G. Henderson, chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater at Jackson State University

The plan would also reorganize the College of Business from four departments to two departments. One department titled business administration will include business management and business marketing programs; the other department, which hasn’t been named, will include accounting, finance and entrepreneurship programs.

The restructuring plan also includes moves made in recent months to shore up budget gaps, including a hiring freeze, suspension of all internally funded travel, eliminating all unfilled positions, reducing commodities spending, ending a number of terminable contracts and academic and administrative restructuring beginning in fiscal year 2018.

The goals are to “reorganize and reclassify,” said university spokesman Danny Blanton. 

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“This transition was as smooth as to be expected. We are not limiting classes or programs, but increasing the efficiency,” he added.

This comes as JSU tries to rebound from having its cash reserve drop by 89 percent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2016 under then President Dr. Carolyn Meyers, who resigned from the position Nov. 1, 2016.

 

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YEQue
Elaine and Henderson could go elsewhere and do well if they wanted as they are both first class.
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BluTiger!
I think the School of Journalism and Media Studies should be considered a hard earned "Jewel" among our Academic Programs and every effort possible should be put forth to save it!  
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YEQue
BluTiger! wrote: I think the School of Journalism and Media Studies should be considered a hard earned "Jewel" among our Academic Programs and every effort possible should be put forth to save it!  

This!!! Totally agree. Cuts should be surgical.
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2017 High School Band Camp Cancellation

It is with an unfortunate tone that we inform you that the 2017 JSU High School Band Camp has been canceled. We have every intent on reinstating the program during the Summer of 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience that the cancellation of our camp might have caused regarding your summer planning. To the students, we wish you all the best on your musical/dancing endeavors during this summer. Hopefully, you’ll be joining the ranks of the “Sonic Boom” in the near future. Please be sure to check out the Sonic Boom during the Fall of 2017!


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JSU_HCA
What was the enrollement at e madison campus n domt we have one down town? I think keepimg the madison one dependingnon enrollement should hav been left open n close down town
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JSU Madison experiences phenomenal growth in 2016 fall enrollment | Jackson State Newsroom

The Jackson State University Madison campus experienced a whopping 68 percent increase in enrollment for fall 2016 that is attributed to an aggressive campaign targeting transfer students along with its expanded course offerings.

In a year in which the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning reported the largest ever fall enrollment statewide for the entire system, JSU Madison has recorded an unprecedented growth that appears unmatched with any other educational entity. Enrollment soared to 671, compared to 399 in 2015.

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JSU in the Carolinas
cooked numbers perhaps? Who knows...
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BlueBengal07
not sure. but to have aggressive growth in general, but still get cut is questionable. but when you're not welcomed, they will find a way to get rid of you within time. 
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YEQue
In the situation we're in, I'm thinking it would be hard to justify continuing to pay the operating cost of the Madison campus, and I would think the same would apply to the downtown campus.  Those were some big bets that Meyers made (hail marys?).  Hopefully, these decisions are all being looked at with good business lenses.  We need to cut on-going operating losses if they are any.  But does this mean simply getting out of building leases or are there buildings that we own that can be sold or leased out?   
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JSU in the Carolinas
Madison must be super expensive....
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JSU Alum
I wondering why there were no cuts in the Dept. of Athletics?
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BluTiger!
JSU Alum wrote: I wondering why there were no cuts in the Dept. of Athletics?

Well the Women's Golf Program was cut and one of our three Assistant Basketball Coaches position was cut.

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BluTiger! wrote:

Well the Women's Golf Program was cut and one of our three Assistant Basketball Coaches position was cut.




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Six hundred and seventy-one students reported for classes in the fall 2016 semester. Blanton said those enrollees have three avenues to complete their coursework. They can elect to take classes online or opt for instruction on site at JSU’s main or Holmes Community College Campus located in Ridgeland.

Interim President Rod Paige told The Clarion-Ledger in January that his team was evaluating the benefit-to-cost ratio of the university’s auxiliary facilities, including the Downtown Jackson campus, the Jackson Medical Mall Office, the E-Center on Raymond Road in Jackson and the Walter Payton Wellness Center on the main campus.

In 2013, JSU signed a 10-year, $1.5 million lease for the 8,600 square feet space with an annual amounts payable of over $100,000.

Blanton acknowledging that no decision has been made to shutter the site, confirmed that rent is still being paid to its developer.

An open question is whether the expansion once effused by previous leadership as visionary had turned into a money pit.

Jackson State University's Madison site in limbo, classes canceled for now

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