“employment at the college is down 17 percent over the past two years”
Majors like German and French are also being eliminated. This is going to become more common.
The Des Moines Register reports:
Simpson College will cut 13 positions in second round of 2018 layoffs
Simpson College will layoff 13 full-time employees, including 12 faculty members, and eliminate the school’s art department as it contends with lower enrollment and changing student interests.
It’s the second layoff at the Indianola private college this year. Ten faculty positions were eliminated in the spring.
The position reductions announced Wednesday will take effect over the next six to 24 months.
President Jay Simmons sent an email to Simpson alumni Wednesday announcing plans to cut the art department and eliminate French and German majors at the end of the academic year, citing declining student interest.
“Any of our current students who have declared their major in art, French or German will be able to continue and graduate in their degree program,” said Jill Johnson, Simpson’s vice president of marketing and public relations.
The college will use part-time instructors to allow current students to complete those degree programs.
With the latest round of layoffs, Simpson has eliminated nearly 20 percent of its faculty positions this year. The college has 104 faculty jobs and 134 overall staff positions after the downsizing.
Overall employment at the college is down 17 percent over the past two years.
“We recognize that … Simpson College has to be strategic when addressing trends ranging from enrollment and workplace demographics to budgetary realities and other considerations,” Simmons said.
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