Faculty and staff positions at six state-owned universities could be cut in order to close the gap on growing deficits at the schools. IUP is not one of them.
Faculty members at Clarion, California, Edinboro, Cheney, East Stroudsburg, and Mansfield have received letters from their schools warning of the possible cuts. But some union leaders say they have gotten similar letters in the past with no resultant action.
Declining enrollment and level funding in this year’s budget, combined with deep cuts in state funding for the State System schools in years past, have created the deficits. Clarion, for instance, is $8 million in the red and California’s deficit is $7 million. Compounding the problem for the troubled schools is a cut in funding from the State System to reflect their declining enrollment.
IUP has registered record enrollment in recent years.
The State System Board of Governors recently approved increases of three percent for both tuition and fees, which along with increases in room and board and other expenses brought the average total cost of a year in school to $17,000.