Kentucky’s community college system just laid off nearly 200 people, including 45 faculty and 125 staff members.
What are the causes of this slashing? My readers will be utterly unsurprised to learn that declining enrollment was one. In addition, the state cut support:
President Jay Box was not immediately available for comment Wednesday. But earlier this month, he warned of upcoming spending reductions because of a 4.5 percent cut in state support over the next two years. Those cuts come on top of $39 million in budget reductions from the state since 2008.
Ballooning pension costs seem to play a factor in the state’s budgeting. I’m not sure why they grew.
336 currently empty positions were terminated as well.
I can’t determine which departments were targeted, so I can’t add more details to this queen sacrifice+.
American higher education is not in a good place right now.