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(Wyo)-UW Cutting More Jobs

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/13/2017 08:49 PM
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming will lay off 37 employees next week as the state's only public, four-year university cuts costs to account for the loss of $41-million dollars in state aid.

       The 37 jobs, all non-faculty staff positions, are on top of the 332 jobs cut over the past year almost entirely by eliminating vacant positions and offering voluntary separation incentives to tenured faculty.

        UW President Laurie Nichols spoke about the layoffs Thursday during a presentation to the Board of Trustees, saying they were designed to affect students as minimally as possible.

       The trustees also approved eliminating 5 academic degree programs, but because of low enrollment and student interest, not the budget. The Bachelor of Science in secondary education for industrial technical education,  Bachelor of Arts in Russian, Master of Science in neuroscience, and Master of Arts in French and German together have only 13 students.

     Several other programs could face elimination in the future after being given or being told they will be getting specific enrollment targets and timelines.

       The trustees also gave the ok to consolidating a number of departments and staff centers across the university, partly for efficiency and partly to save money.

      Exact numbers aren't known, but the College of Arts and Sciences expects to save $85,000 annually in stipends to department heads and directors plus  $200,000 salaries through creation of shared staff centers.

     Another $300,000 a year in savings is expect from merging senior design projects and research units in 2 colleges to create a ‘one-stop shop’ with a broader array of services while the Science and Math Teaching Center will be dissolved and replaced by a  university-wide center to support training of educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


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