Monday, July 1, 2013

Seton Hall says it might have to lay-off non-tenured faculty due to declining tuition revenue

Above the Law has the full story here.  In short, Seton Hall has decided to admit fewer students in the face of declining applications in order to maintain academic standards. The result is that it must find ways to offset the decline in revenue by cutting costs. Apparently all faculty have already volunteered a 10% cut in pay but a spokesman for the school said if that turns out not to be enough, non-tenured faculty may be let go at the end of AY 2014-15.  Here's an excerpt from the ATL story:

1. The law school has given notice to its entire junior faculty, approximately seven untenured professors, that their contracts might not be renewed for 2014-2015.

2. The affected professors will be able to teach for the 2013-2014 academic year, but could be terminated after that.

3. As part of a larger effort to streamline the law school and control costs, these notices have been issued to preserve all of the administration’s options.

4. But the notices could ultimately be rescinded — and the administration hopes to be able to rescind them, provided it can find the needed savings elsewhere within its budget.

Continue reading here to get Seton Hall's official comment.  This is the second school in the past few days to report (potential) faculty downsizing.


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