As I prepare to welcome Shepherd students back during Convocation for the Spring 2016 semester, I am proud of all that the campus community has been able to accomplish this academic year with the generous help from alumni and friends of the University.
Shepherd has endured three consecutive years of steep state budget cuts, to a total of $1.8 million since FY13. The University continues to work to target inefficiencies and reduce costs, while retaining quality professors and instructors and refraining from increasing tuition.
Studies show that financial concerns are among the top reasons students leave Shepherd before earning their degrees. Today, only 16 percent of Shepherd’s budget is state-funded, requiring students and their families to shoulder the increasing cost of education. While the numbers of stories about students that are struggling continue to grow, we also have amazing stories to tell about students benefiting from the generosity of our successful alumni and generous supporters.
I speak for all Shepherd students when I tell you that now, more than ever, we need your support to ensure that our success stories are not overshadowed by financial difficulties. There are many wonderful things around campus that make me so very proud to be a Shepherd Ram, from our championship winning athletic teams, to our nationally recognized academic programs and service initiatives.
I hope that we can count on your generous gift today.
Nursing Major, Class of 2017
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