HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University Calumet's chancellor plans to
discuss the campus' budget crisis and plans to cut 50 academic-related
positions during a town hall-style meeting with staff.
Chancellor Tom Keon's Thursday address to university staff will be
followed by further actions in the coming weeks to deal with the school's
$3 million revenue shortfall.
University spokesman Wes Lukoshus told the Journal and Courier that a
projected 7 percent enrollment gap this fall prompted the school to
consider layoffs of tenure-track faculty and staff.
The Hammond campus announced in April that it would cut 50 tenure-track
faculty and staff over the 18 months to make up for its enrollment
"We, right now, are kind of weighing our options," Lukoshus said. "...
Nothing's been determined or finalized."
Purdue Calumet has about 250 tenured and tenure-track faculty.
Tenure-track faculty are considered assistant professors.
The cuts are anticipated to affect both academic and nonacademic staff in
roughly equal numbers
School administrators say the lower enrollment rates are due in part to
increasing numbers of incoming freshmen who've already satisfied general
education requirements through high school dual-credit courses.
Lukoshus said that as more high school students with dual-credit class
experience enroll at Purdue Calumet, the number of credit hours that
incoming students sign up for declines.
"We're sensing that there's a strong relationship there," he said.
As word spread of possible cuts in Calumet's tenure-track faculty, some in
the Purdue community said they worry that Purdue Calumet's actions could
set a precedent as Purdue looks to trim expenses.
"Where does this stop? Is it just Purdue Calumet? What other campuses are
in the same situation?" asked West Lafayette-based Marcus Rogers, a
cyberforensics professor who is president of Purdue's chapter of the
American Association of University Professors.