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More colleges consider across-the-board cuts, survey finds – Education Dive


Dive Brief:

  • More college leaders were considering across-the-board budgets cuts and staff layoffs this summer than at the start of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
  • The association polled more than 100 college presidents in March and between June and July about their institutions’ coronavirus responses. Although fewer leaders anticipate cutting academic programs and faculty positions in the latest survey, more are considering implementing furloughs and cutting benefits.
  • The findings shed light on how colleges are responding to potential enrollment and revenue losses as a result of the pandemic.

Dive Insight:
At least 224 colleges have laid off or furloughed employees or didn’t renew worker contracts, according to a review by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More than 50,000 employees have been impacted.

In May, Wellesley College, a liberal arts school in Massachusetts, furloughed around 330 administrative and union staff. “Though there has been some progress on the public health front, the economic shock waves of the pandemic continue to worsen,” campus officials wrote in the announcement.

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