JACKSON, MS (WLBT)- Private fundraising is at an all time high for alumni groups at some of Mississippi's public universities.
New initiatives have been planned at Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State.
Mississippi State and Southern Miss have set records for giving. Alumni are hoping that this will offset the impact of school budget cuts.
Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said he welcomes the fundraising, but cautions that such one-time donations should not be intended for recurring expenses.
By 2012, state appropriations to universities could be 25% below their 2009 levels. That has prompted most schools to scale back programs and staffing.
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