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faculty layoffs fallout after a year..


https://www.the-daily-record.com/story/news/2021/07/15/university-akron-layoffs-tenure-one-year-later-lawsuit/7785699002/?utm_source=the-daily-record-Daily Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_briefing&utm_term=list_article_thumb&utm_content=OHIO-WOOSTER-NLETTER65


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. 

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On 7/17/2021 at 9:20 AM, ZippyRulz said:

Those lawsuits have zero chance. Everything was handled according to the contract. What's really telling is the department heads were the ones who made the decisions on who stayed and who was let go. Since tenure was not a factor in the decision maybe those who were not retained should be looking inward to reevaluate their choices that put them in their current predicament. 

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I agree with Hilltopper.  Their peers in the union have moved on.  Time to shut up and dribble.   Interesting they haven't found a job with similar pay and benefits in one of the tightest job markets  in decades.   Just wondering if any people on this board have kids or grandkids who plan on majoring in Library Science?  

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