WHIO-TV reports the program cuts are one part of a plan to trim $2.5-million.
Those savings approved by the board include:
Discontinuing the archaeology minor; geology major and minor; French minor; Japanese; Russian minor; Russian and Central Eurasian Studies. Students currently involved in majors or minors in these programs will be able to complete their studies. Earlier in the year, the board accepted recommendations from faculty to discontinue the French major as well as the dance major and minor.
Eliminating two tenured faculty positions, one each in geology and Japanese. The faculty members will continue at the university through the 2020-21 academic year.
Not filling other faculty positions left open by retirement and resignation.
Eliminating staff positions, including the Graduate and Professional Studies office and reducing staffing in other areas.
MLive.com reports the salary cuts for many Michigan State faculty will be for at least one year.
In a letter to employees, MSU president Samuel Stanley Jr. wrote that non-union faculty and academic staff would be subject to a temporary wage reduction depending on salary, ranging from .5 percent to 7 percent. The wage reductions will take effect Sept. 1 and remain in effect for at least a year, and do not currently apply to non-tenured academic positions. …
The university has already furloughed 716 employees, and all executive managers and deans are currently taking a temporary pay cut between 2 percent and 8 percent, according to Stanley’s letter. Stanley is taking a 10 percent pay cut.
WBUR reports the interim chancellor at UMASS-Boston believes there’s a very good reason to keep students away from campus this fall.
“We know other universities have come to different decisions, and we respect that,” Newman said. “But in very important ways — especially the extent of daily reliance on public transportation and the prevalence of students from communities most affected by COVID-19 — UMass Boston is unique. Public health officials have urged every campus to look to its particular circumstances. As a large, urban, commuter institution, we have done exactly that.”
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