Purdue Calumet Rescinds Some Layoff Notices
September 16, 2013 — (AP) — Purdue University Calumet rescinded the layoffs of seven tenure-track faculty members, one month after telling those instructors that declining enrollment had cost them their jobs.
The Associated Press reports that Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peggy Gerard said in an administrative blog posting that the Hammond campus rescinded the layoffs because fall enrollment had been better than expected. Admissions officials had expected to see a 7-percent drop in fall credit hour enrollment at Purdue Calumet, but the decline was only about 4-percent.
The layoff notices sent out in early August prompted a wave of complaints from faculty and the Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors. The group said Purdue Calumet didn’t properly demonstrate that its financial situation merited the cuts and that administrators didn’t make faculty “meaningfully involved” in cost-cutting decisions.
Purdue Calumet will still see a $2 million budget shortfall but it will be covered by the early retirements of faculty and program reductions.