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Miami University plans to lay off 40 staff members

Faculty, course offerings apparently not affected
Posted at 12:56 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 13:12:42-05

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University plans to lay off 40 staff members this summer, but it does not appear that faculty will be cut or that course offerings will be affected, according to the Journal-News.

President Gregory Crawford sent an email to staff on Thursday announcing the need to eliminate the positions, effective July 1, citing financial pressure and the need to provide affordable education for students. Miami employs about 4,200 people.

“These are difficult decisions that are very hard to deliver. Unfortunately, they are necessary to fortify the financial health and advancement of Miami,” Crawford wrote. “We must also continue to ensure student affordability through increased investments in scholarships and new academic programs that are aligned with the interests of tomorrow’s students. To remain a nationally recognized university, we must continue to evolve and seek ways to further strengthen Miami.”

Miami employs about 4,200 people.

Enrollment at the Oxford campus last fall was 17,327 undergraduates and 2,607 graduate students. Regional campuses in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester enroll 4,664 combined.