ND college has $650,000 short fall

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A drop in enrollment left Bismarck State College dealing with a $650,000 budget shortfall.

College President Larry Skogen told state lawmakers recently that BSC’s fall 2012 enrollment was 4,109 students, a 6.4% drop from the previous year. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/WdnhL6 ) that it was the college’s first enrollment decrease since 2005. Skogen says that’s understandable given the strong economy in the state.

Skogen says the college dealt with the shortfall by not filling staff positions that became vacant and through across-the-board budget cuts.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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