Pepperdine U. Chooses Growth by Cutting

The university reallocates 10 percent of its budget to new priorities

Pepperdine U. Chooses Growth by Cutting 1

David Zentz for The Chronicle

A budget reallocation freed up $25-million for special projects at Pepperdine U. These students conduct DNA studies for their theses, part of an undergraduate-research project that received $1-million from the redistribution of funds.

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David Zentz for The Chronicle

A budget reallocation freed up $25-million for special projects at Pepperdine U. These students conduct DNA studies for their theses, part of an undergraduate-research project that received $1-million from the redistribution of funds.

Nearly three years ago, Andrew K. Benton asked his deans to forfeit a tenth of their budgets. The president of Pepperdine University was eager to hire more tenure-track faculty and to increase the prestige of the law school, among other priorities, but rather than finance those efforts with big tuition increases or an enrollment surge, he pursued the trickier path of redirecting dollars already in hand.

The $25-million reallocation represents about 10 percent of Pepperdine's operating