Kansas and Missouri universities could face tough financial choices in 2021

Empty chairs in a classroom at the University of Missouri campus in November. Photo credit Jacob Moscovitch/The Beacon

By Roxie Hammill 

The pandemic has presented a two-sided coin to the four big public universities in Kansas and Missouri. On one side, the dire enrollment predictions of the summer turned out better — in one case, much better — than expected.

But on the flip side, falling revenues are still a problem administrators will have to deal with for the foreseeable future, due largely to the loss of money coming in from big events, student-facing services and state funding.