Mansfield University has become the latest of the State System of Higher Education schools to announce drastic cuts to faculty and staff, starting with the next academic year.
President Fran Hendricks announced plans to eliminate 29 faculty positions and more than 25 staff and administrative jobs, to help Mansfield address a projected $14.3 million budget deficit. The university’s enrollment has declined 17 percent since hitting an all-time high of 3,569 students in 2009. This year’s enrollment is 2,970.
Mansfield becomes the third State System school to announce jobs cutbacks. Edinboro and Clarion previously announced that they would reduce faculty and staff, and Slippery Rock, East Stroudsburg, Cheyney, and Kutztown are all considering downsizing.
IUP has no such plans. While the university is dealing with a larger-than-expected budget shortfall, the intended fix does not include job cuts.
Meanwhile, APSCUF union chief Steve Hicks says he will meet with incoming State System Chancellor Frank Brogan and faculty layoffs will be the first thing he discusses. Brogan starts his new job on Tuesday.