Clarion University officials finally released the final version of their Workforce Plan on Monday, meant to address a $12 million budget deficit projected to evolve by 2015.
The school’s budget for the current year already includes a deficit of about seven-and-a-half million dollars.
The plan still projects the elimination of 35 positions, down from an estimate of 42 in an earlier draft. Eighteen of those positions will come from among the Clarion faculty, and seven would be management posts.
Other highlights of the Workforce Plan would include the development of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, as well as bachelor of science programs in nursing, criminal justice administration, and fitness and nutrition. The College of Education and Human Services would be split into separate schools. Center for Academic Enrichment programs would be consolidated down to five departments. Bachelor degree programs in language education and music education would be discontinued.
More information on the plan is available at the Clarion University website at www.clarion.edu.