CLARION (KDKA) – Clarion University will lay off 40 employees campus-wide, including 22 faculty members, about ten percent of its educators.
“Twenty-two is the largest number of faculty proposed to be cut anywhere since the state system started in 1983, so that’s quite a shock,” Dr. Steve Hicks told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Friday.
Hicks is the president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the organization that represents faculty at the fourteen state schools.
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He says Clarion is not likely to be alone.
“To do what they’ve done at Clarion, the union gets a letter before August 1st saying we’re thinking about doing this. As of August 1st of this year, we have letters from eight different universities,” said Hicks.
Among those eight, besides Clarion, are the following local schools — California, Edinboro, and Slippery Rock.
So why is…
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