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Belt-Tightening at Brewton Parker
Friday, 30 October 2009

November 2-  The recession has come home to roost at Brewton Parker College.

The school's Board of Trustee's has voted to eliminate over half of the major courses of study, according to BPC President Dr. David Smith.

"We came into this recession weakened.  We were still carrying some indebtedness from the late 1990's and we had two years of declining enrollment prior to the recession.  If the recession hadn't come when it did, we probably would have been able to work ourselves out of our financial circumstances, but all of that together created a real problem for us," he said.

Dr. Smith says some 15 faculty members are being cut back due to the elimination of 21 of 39 majors.

"It only effected 116 students as far as having to change majors," he said.  Dr. Smith said many of those students will find another major to meet their needs, but he admits there are some students in very specific areas that are impacted in unique ways.

Dr. Smith says the college's fund-raising has been hurt by the recession. 
"In the 12 years I've been here, we have raised from $3.5 to $4 million a year, but this past year we only raise about $2.5 million dollars.  The gifts we received were smaller and that could be impacted even further in years to come," he believes.

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