The following is an excerpt from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education coronavirus blog:
William Paterson University of New Jersey is eyeing severe cuts in its academic enterprise, including eliminating as much as one-quarter of its full-time faculty, NJ.com reports. Administrators have proposed laying off 60 to 100 faculty members in response to a budget deficit spurred by the pandemic, the president of the faculty union told the newspaper. The university has also proposed cutting 10 academic programs.
“We have been transparent with the campus community in discussing that layoffs would sadly be unavoidable as we ensure that our students continue to receive an excellent education,” said Stuart Goldstein, the university’s vice president for marketing and public relations. “At this point, we are in the very early stages of a negotiated process.”