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Posted on July 21, 2017

California University of Pennsylvania has informed its faculty union that tenured and tenure-track professors will not face layoffs in fall 2018.

Following a timeline outlined in the collective bargaining agreement between Cal U and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF), the University had issued a letter on March 30, 2017, notifying the union of possible faculty cutbacks, known as “retrenchment.”

That letter has been officially withdrawn in light of information, unavailable last spring, that positions the University for future success:

  • This month Cal U completed a comprehensive review of its entire lineup of academic programs, including instructional costs, enrollment trends, rates of completion and alignment with Cal U’s special mission in science and technology.

Based on that in-depth analysis, several programs with low student enrollment may be discontinued, but faculty members in those areas will teach other courses.    

  • The University has a clearer picture of its financial status for the coming academic year, now that legislative appropriations to the State System have been determined and the 2017-2018 tuition rate has been set by the system’s Board of Governors.

Cal U has made an extraordinary effort to cut expenses, achieving nearly $7 million in savings over the past two years, by trimming costs for services and contracts, reducing faculty overloads and tightening discretionary budgets. Future savings are expected.

  • Cal U’s enrollment picture appears brighter than anticipated. Students are still being admitted, and enrollment totals won’t be finalized until September. But a comprehensive enrollment management plan appears to be paying off, and administrators are cautiously optimistic as the fall semester approaches.

“The decision to take retrenchment off the table now is in the best interest of our University,” says Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

“In March, issuing the letter was the only prudent course of action. We needed to keep all of our options open while so many critical factors remained unknown.

“Now that we have completed our academic program analysis, we can remove that uncertainty and allow our faculty to focus wholeheartedly on what they do best — providing an exceptional educational experience for our students.”

Learn more about Cal U’s undergraduate and graduate programs here.