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Goshen College cuts

The college says that no degree programs have been changed.
Posted on Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 6, 2013 at 5:21 p.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen College has eliminated some full-time faculty positions as part of a plan to live within its means.

Jodi Beyeler, interim director of communications and marketing, said “a few” non-tenured positions were eliminated, but did not give a number.

She said in an email on Friday, Dec. 6, that the school will not be relying on enrollment growth assumptions to support itself in the future.

“Rather, our goal is to adapt to current financial realities and grow strategically,” Beyeler said.

An email from college president James Brenneman sent to Goshen College employees in September said that fewer students enrolled this school year than anticipated. That, combined with a large graduating class in 2013 and a slow economy, has the college looking at a $3 million to $4 million reduction to the 2014-15 budget, according to the email.

Beyeler said on Friday that “we currently have larger facilities and larger faculty and staff than we have the number of students to support.”

She explained that changes have been made in the academic area for the 2014-15 school year. These decisions were made by a dean’s advisory committee with input from a faculty task force. A review of administrative areas will be completed in spring 2014.

Beyeler said that the college is moving to a school-based organization, rather than one structured by departments.

Also, the college will offer faculty full-time or three-quarter time contracts, with other instructors serving as adjunct professors. Low enrollment courses have been reduced, so that there is now a 12-to-1 student faculty ratio, up from the previous 10-to-1 ratio. No majors, minors or degree programs have been cut, Beyeler said.

“We need to position Goshen College so that it can adapt more quickly to this dynamic and fast-changing environment,” Beyeler said, giving examples of pricing, delivery formats, and types of students.

The school’s goal with these changes is to “bring into alignment our expenses with our income,” Beyeler said and also to position the school for long-term financial viability.

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