The academic faculty recently finished an academic review process, completing the second stage of the college's overall institutional budget adjustment process. The first stage included the elimination of 29 positions (affecting mostly the administrative offices), which took place last May in anticipation for the '10-'11 school year. The second stage, which began last spring and was lead by Anita Stalter, academic dean, focused on the academic programs area.
According to Jim Histand, vice president for finance, "[The process] identified a number of efficiencies and consolidations that will be implemented for the next academic year, and allows us to keep all of our existing majors and minors while reducing the overall academic staffing levels by a total of approximately 8.5 FTE (full-time equivalent)."
This was accomplished without eliminating any positions entirely, and Histand said that students will likely experience very little impact.