The Newsday report adds to the litany of job losses or furloughs taking place all across the U.S. higher education landscape.

Five Long Island higher education institutions laid off or furloughed almost 300 employees combined as a strategy to mitigate budget shortfalls set off by the coronavirus pandemic, despite millions in funding trickling in from the federal stimulus package.

The trend is likely to continue into the fall as universities face an unprecedented financial crisis, education experts and college leaders said.

It appears staff, not faculty, were the ones let go on these campuses.