Millersville University faculty members can breathe a sigh of relief.
That's because MU is not among the five Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools whose faculty have received advanced notice of possible layoffs.
The institutions potentially affected are Cheyney, Edinboro, Clarion, Mansfield and East Stroudsburg universities. Any layoffs wouldn’t occur until the end of the 2014-15 academic year, but a decision on whether to eiliminate positions could come as early as October.
Millersville did lay off eight employees last August, but none were faculty members.
In a statement, PASSHE said, “The 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities are continuing their efforts to better align academic program offerings with the changing demands of students and the Commonwealth. As new academic programs emerge to meet those demands, less viable programs might be identified for reorganization or closure, which could affect some faculty and staff positions.”
In response, Kenneth Marsh, president of the Association of Pennsyvlvania State College & University Faculties, said in a release:
“Our universities and faculty have been consistently asked to do more with less. The reality is that we can’t. Faculty have been laid off, programs have been eliminated and put into moratorium. We have reached the point of doing less with less to the detriment of our students and their educational experience.”