Incoming Wright State University students on Monday said they were either unaware or not bothered by the school’s recent troubles.
Nearly 700 students visited WSU yesterday as part of the college’s first “signing day” event, said Jen McCamis, WSU director of admissions. The event was meant to be a celebration where incoming students could sign a letter of intent, register for placement tests and get some information about the university.
Event coordinators said they did not receive any questions about the problems the school is facing, including a budget crisis and an ongoing federal investigation into possible immigration-related wrongdoing.
Wright State must cut $25 million from its next budget in order to regain its financial footing. The school may lay off up to 120 employees and smaller academic programs may be eliminated, officials have said.
On top of that, the university has faced a recent string of resignations by top administrators, including David Hopkins, who resigned as president in March. Other officials are seeking new jobs at other schools.
None of that seemed to bother students visiting the school this week though, some of whom did not even know of the problems WSU is facing.
Anna Stevens, an incoming sociology major from Pickerington, said she is a little concerned about WSU’s issues but added she knows the school takes care of its students.
Josh Perez, of Wilmington, said he plans to study international business at WSU this fall. He said he’s not concerned about Wright State’s problems because he doesn’t think they’ll impact students much.
“Financially, how the school is going, it’s not going to affect the students as much,” Perez said. “The students will still come. The faculty will still be generous and it will still be really nice. Leave the stress to the other end.”
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