Five state universities have reportedly notified union leaders that they may be facing layoffs involving faculty members at the end of the upcoming academic year.
Clarion University is one of the schools which may be affected. Clarion is currently continuing a realignment of faculty positions and university departments that began last year.
Edinboro, East Stroudsburg, Mansfield and Cheyney Universities have all reportedly sent letters to faculty union presidents concerning the possibilities of faculty layoffs.
The schools are among fourteen state-owned universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In a news release issued Wednesday, system Chancellor Frank Brogan stated, “The universities are making choices about which academic programs and support services best contribute to the vision and mission of each institution,” and he added the efforts “will enable universities to anticipate the needs of our students in the years ahead.”