faculty layoffs fallout after a year..
Sue Ramlo, another professor on the list of those who were laid off a year ago who has taken on a leadership role with the group, said not one tenured faculty member who got laid off has found an academic position elsewhere.
Following the layoffs, faculty members who lost their jobs and those who kept them pushed back hard on the university for not cutting more from athletics before cutting the academic side of the house.
The athletics budget cut about $4 million, but still relies heavily on the university's general fund for support. With a goal of looking for ways to lessen that reliance, the university formed an athletics working group, which contained members of the faculty, to review the finances of the athletics department and make recommendations.
After 10 months, the group released its findings and recommendations this month. Chief among them is increasing fundraising, through corporate partnerships and hiring additional people specifically for fundraising in athletics. It also stated leaving the Mid-American Conference and Division I was not a viable option, given the cost of leaving the league.