“26 faculty members will not be returning for the 2019-2020 academic year”
There’s a lot of this going around right now and it’s far from over.
The Savannah Morning News reports:
Savannah State University announces layoffs amid student enrollment decline
Savannah State University officials announced Friday that 26 faculty members will not be returning for the 2019-2020 academic year due to budget cuts.
Last month, President Cheryl Dozier sent out a letter to all faculty and staff announcing that the university was considering layoffs due to a steady loss in revenue from enrollment decline.
“While we have taken some interim measures to address the loss of revenue, such as eliminating vacant positions and placing restrictions on new hires, these are not sustainable options given the budgetary circumstances,” Dozier wrote in the October letter.
Officials announced that the university would be “realigning its resources” in light of two consecutive years of declining enrollment and state-allocated funding. The university’s enrollment saw a 10.6 percent decline in fall 2017 and a 7.9 percent decline in fall 2018.
State funding allocations are calculated annually on a two-year lag, according to Dozier.
A Strategic Alignment of Resources planning committee has been established to guide the ongoing process of aligning university resources to match strategic institutional priorities: student success, student recruitment and retention, campus safety/security and increased institutional efficiency.
Affected faculty will continue teaching during the duration of their 2018-2019 contract, said spokeswoman Loretta Heyward.
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