State-owned Pennsylvania universities could see 350 faculty cuts

By: | October 9, 2020

Approximately 350 state university professors — most on four Western Pennsylvania campuses — face layoffs after the spring semester’s end, as expedited State System of Higher Education plans to square revenues with costs take shape.

The cuts would bring faculty-student ratios more in line with enrollment declines over the last decade — part of a system redesign in the works since January 2017. The timeline to achieve that initially was five years, but Chancellor Daniel Greenstein condensed that to two years this spring as the pandemic compounded financial struggles at the 14 member universities.

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