Citing a decrease in enrollment, Felician College in New Jersey has announced that it will not renew the contracts of 16 faculty members, according to NorthJersey.com.
Mirroring a national trend at many institutions of higher learning, the college, founded by the Felician Sisters in 1923, has seen enrollment decline from 2,400 student to about 2,000 students.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr. William Back reportedly said that the number of faculty was too high considering the declining enrollment. “We have a fiduciary obligation and duty to work within a balanced budget and confines of the means we have,” he reportedly said. “In order to grow programs, be and remain competitive with other like high education institutions, the only way to do that is do things that allow us to grow."
The Cardinal Newman Society reported previously that Loyola University New Orleans was forced to lay off 18 employees last month after freshman enrollment dropped 30 percent lower than expected last year. Xavier University in Ohio laid off 31 employees earlier this year and did not fill 20 other vacant jobs after severe budgetary shortfalls.
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