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University of Akron announces more employee cuts

By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal education writer

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In a continued effort to offset a more than $40 million budget shortfall, University of Akron officials Wednesday morning presented a plan to trustees that would eliminate an additional 50 positions.

The staff reductions follow 100 positions cut largely through attrition and the elimination of vacant positions earlier this year.

The second round of cuts will directly affect 28 employees — most of whom will continue to work through the end of the year before their contracts are non-renewed. Those employees include one faculty member, nine contract professionals and 18 staff.

The cuts continue as the university rebounds from the loss of stimulus dollars not replaced by the state and lower than expected enrollment figures. A roughly 6 percent decline in student enrollment this fall resulted in a reduction of $15 million in tuition revenue, UA said.

Return to Ohio.com or read Thursday’s edition of the Akron Beacon Journal for more details.

Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com.


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