University of Akron to close 6 of 11 schools

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports the president of the University of Akron is defending the cuts based on a predicted $70-million deficit.

That number takes into account both “real and anticipated” loss of revenues for next fiscal year, Miller said. It was not clear from Miller’s message if the numbers include previously assumed deficits for next fiscal year.

Miller also announced an initial plan to consolidate the university into five colleges.

Newly appointed Provost John Wiencek will announce further details within the next week, Miller said.

The university currently has 11 colleges, including the Graduate School, the School of Law and the Wayne College campus. It’s unclear if those three will be part of the five-college plan or in addition to it.

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