PennLive reports that while the news of possible faculty job cuts at 10 of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-supported universities wasn’t a surprise, the information comes just days before the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Notices went out to faculty union leaders at 10 of the 14 universities warning that faculty job cuts could be coming next spring for financial reasons. The State System of Higher Education wants to achieve $250 million in savings and efficiencies within the next two years to align its costs with revenues.
The notifications included an important reminder.
Having the contractually obligated retrenchment notices go out mid-summer is intended to allow time for discussions to take place between management and the union to try to avoid layoffs, said Jamie Martin, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties that represents 5,000 faculty members.