Clarion University released a revised workforce plan Monday that eliminates several academic areas and 36 jobs, including those of 18 professors.
At the same time, the state-owned school softened a sharply criticized plan to dissolve its College of Education and Human Services, opting instead to establish two separate schools, the School of Education and the School of Health Sciences.
The budget plan is one of a number being developed across Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities to deal with sharp enrollment losses, deep cuts in state aid and rising costs amid a slow-improving economy. Under the Clarion plan, roughly 36 instead of 40 filled employee positions campus-wide are being eliminated. Of the campus total, 18 are professors.