COVID cuts deepen: higher education starts confronting fall 2020 realities

  • The University of Akron cut “178 positions, including 96 members of the union faculty and nonunion faculty, contract employees and staff.”
  • Tarleton State University is committed to “30 layoffs and reassignments,” plus cutting one academic program.
  • Roanoke College is cutting $6 million from its budget, which means axing 14 jobs.
  • The University of Iowa is cutting $15 million and 15 instructors — and that’s just the first phase of three, because of “UI’s $70 million financial loss due to COVID-19 and an $8 million cut in state appropriations to state Board of Regents institutions.”
  • Canisius College decided to “lay off 96 employees, including 25 professors,” thanks to “a projected $20 million shortfall in a $75 million budget.”
  • Carthage College announced it would “reassess… our academic programs” — in other words, to “eliminate up to 20% of faculty and restructure 10 academic departments.”
  • The state of Nevada has a new budget, which includes (among other things) serious cuts to that state’s public universities, colleges, and institutes. They range from 19.66 to 25.87%.
  • The University of North Carolina system’s leader asked each campus chancellor to prepare plans cutting to “their budgets by between 25% and 50%.”
  • The University of Missouri rolled out 3,598 furloughs and compensation cuts to 2,317 staff — after laying off 173 staff.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio ended 312 jobs, among them “one-tenth of the university’s non-tenured faculty, ranging across all academic departments.”
  • Oberlin College decided it would no longer employ its unionized dining staff, firing them and outsourcing instead.
  • Stephens College axed 30 employees.
  • Maryland dealt its public institutions a roughly $200 million budget cut.

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Futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator. Author of the FTTE report and ACADEMIA NEXT. Creator of The Future Trends Forum.

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