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UMD Faculty Faces Layoffs to Reduce Budget Deficit

Taylor Holt
October 22, 2016 10:26 PM

UMD announced Friday that almost 40 faculty members will be laid off starting next year to help the university reduce their budget deficit.

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Officials say it was done without having to eliminate any academic programs or majors- a goal in this round of cuts. 

Faculty and staff were informed via email of the latest in budget cuts at the university - cuts to impact 38 instructional staff members through the total or partial non renewal of contracts.

The email on behalf of Executive Vice Chancellor, Fernando Delgado, points out the $2 million cuts are part of a budget resolution plan.

"We've been working for the last few years and have gone from a deficit over 9 million dollars and now, with these cuts we're down to a deficit of 1.3 million dollars," said Lynne Williams, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at UMD.

Faculty in the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Services Profession and the School of Fine Arts will all see the effects.

"Those individuals hold anything from a part time position to a full time position, so it actually equates to what we call 16 full-time equivalents," said Williams. 

The university's other two colleges will be exempt in this round.

"What we were looking at is in the Colleges, where are the areas of demand, where do we have capacity and where do we have some space to make some adjustments," said Williams."This is hard. These are very difficult cuts."

News of the cuts were difficult for students as well.

"It's a lose-lose situation in general. I would say that my experiences as a Communication major has been built by the relationships that I have with professors, and I think that many people could say the same," said Morgan Inman, a student in the College of Liberal Arts.

Williams says they are now preparing for the next step.

"What we're looking at is other efficiencies ; what we can do with some of the back end operational things that might create some efficiencies in terms of shared services. There's still a lot of work for us to do in that area," she said.

The changes will go into effect July 1st of 2017.


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