Faculty and staff alike are bearing the cuts:
Forty-four employees will be directly affected by the cuts, including 32 faculty and staff who accepted a retirement buyout offer and 12 who will find out Wednesday that their jobs will be eliminated.
I can’t tell what proportion of the staff those cuts hit.
Academic programs are being tweaked, rather than closed:
No major academic programs will be jettisoned, but restructuring is expected. The university plans to consolidate key academic and service areas to reduce overlaps. Small, underused majors — including biblical languages — will no longer be offered.
What’s the driver for these cuts? Declining enrollment, of course. Evangel will shift some freed-up funds (“$4 million, 10 percent of the institution’s annual budget”) to expand staff to grow student numbers.
Once more, we see enrollment and financial issues driving academic cuts. 2015 has been a banner year for queen sacrifices.