Why state universities are preparing for faculty layoff crises

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Monday, August 26, 2013

At almost all of the universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, students moving for the start of the fall semester are arriving at campuses in crisis.

Even with a 3 percent tuition increase, eight of the universities have issued warnings that they may lay off faculty in order to stop their budgets from bleeding red ink due to dwindling enrollment and diminished state funding.

Clarion became the first of the eight to indicate which departments would be targeted as well as the number of layoffs, said Lauren Gutshall, a spokeswoman with the union representing university faculty. Clarion announced that the university will eliminate 42 jobs in addition to leaving 14 vacant posts unfilled. Among those who are losing jobs are 22 faculty members.

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