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Western Illinois U to Lay Off 24 Professors

July 06, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

Inside Higher Ed

By Colleen Flaherty

June 29, 2018

Western Illinois University will lay off 24 faculty members, including seven who have tenure, by next summer, the institution’s Board of Trustees announced Thursday. Two nonfaculty members in academic affairs also will soon receive layoff notices. Twenty-three professors at the Macomb campus will lose their jobs, along with one professor at the Quad Cities campus in Moline, WQAD reported. Some 62 vacant faculty positions that are open due to retirements or resignations will be eliminated as well.

Cathy Early, board chair, said in a statement that institutions “must continually re-evaluate their methods of delivery and recalibrate to meet the ever-changing challenges and opportunities. We are making these decisions in order to reposition Western for future growth, viability and sustainability, while remaining fiscally responsible to our students and taxpayers.”

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