Indiana University is closing its School of Continuing Studies in June of 2012. University spokesman Larry McIntyre says the reason for the schools closing is because of budget restrictions and to limit increases in tuition.
“The state,” he said, “has not been able to provide us with the level of support it had 10 years ago or 20 years ago.”
The closing will save the university up to $4 million. Mcintyre says the students taking classes in the school will not have to worry.
“The students that are in these classes shouldn‘t panic,” he said. “They will all find homes and find the classes they need in other IU schools.”
IU‘s Bloomington campus is facing a 5.5% decrease in state funding from 2011-2013 and has already had to cut administration costs. The school of continuing studies aims to give non-traditional students a variety of options to complete their degrees with evening and online courses.
IU is working to create more online classes and expand current ones.