by Jeff Manning
April 14, 2020
“Stay home, stay safe,” has proven hazardous to the financial health of Oregon’s public colleges.
Closing campuses to deprive the coronavirus of new victims will deprive Oregon’s public colleges of upwards to $100 million in revenue just in the current quarter.
Now, the 2020 version of college -- no dormitories, no cafeterias, no sports -- means no jobs for hundreds of employees.
The University of Oregon revealed Monday that it will temporarily cut the jobs of 282 employees, largely due to the loss of revenue from student lodging and food service. Oregon State University has yet to implement layoffs but it is actively cutting employees’ hours to reduce costs. Portland State University may not be far behind, an official there said.