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How institutions are making voluntary retirement programs work

It’s an increasingly common move by campus officials during challenging economic times: voluntary retirement. Offering these incentives to faculty and staff provides a ready means of reducing personnel costs while not being seen as severe and traumatic as layoffs, salary reductions, and furloughs tend to be.

Although the details of such plans vary from one college to the next, they all rest on the potential for shrinking the workforce during times of static or declining budgets.

New ND Chancellor Says Staff Expansion Needed

The new chancellor of North Dakota's university system says he needs to double his office staff to provide oversight for the state's public colleges.

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FAMU President James Ammons To Step Down Immediately

Trustees at Florida A&M University decided Monday that President James Ammons should step down immediately instead of waiting for his scheduled resignation date of Oct. 11.

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In Report, Failures Throughout Penn State

Behind the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal at Penn State lay a series of failures all the way up the university’s chain of command — shortcomings that were the result of an insular and complacent culture in which football was revered, rules were not applied and the balance of power was dangerously out of whack.

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State Lawmakers To Investigate TSU Grading

The state Senate will hold hearings into allegations that officials at Tennessee State University changed more than 100 students’ grades without instructors’ permission.

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How Penn State Can Repair Its Image

A scathing report accusing Penn State coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of hiding what they knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children is another crippling blow to a school and football program already reeling from one of the worst scandals in sports history.

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Despite GRCC Hiring Freeze, 36 Positions May Be Filled

Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College say they don’t expect a recently implemented hiring freeze to affect plans to make three-dozen temporary faculty positions permanent during the 2012-13 academic year.

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Most ND College Presidents Get 3 Percent Pay Rise

The presidents of most of North Dakota's 11 public colleges are getting 3 percent pay increases.

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UH Officials Put Donovan, Sheriff On Indefinite Leave Of Absence

University of Hawaii officials have placed athletic director Jim Donovan and Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff on an indefinite paid administrative leave while an investigation of the canceled Stevie Wonder concert takes place.

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