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MSUM faculty members "experiencing befuddlement" about administration's deficit reduction plan

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MSUM Faculty Association Chairman Ted Gracyk, Provost Ann Blackhurst, President Edna Szymanski, Vice President Jan Mahoney
MSUM Faculty Association Chairman Ted Gracyk, Provost Ann Blackhurst, President Edna Szymanski, Vice President Jan Mahoney

MOORHEAD (KFGO-AM) The MSUM Faculty Association told university administrators during a meeting Wednesday that it's "experiencing befuddlement" over the process the Administration used to make decisions to lay-off faculty. Association President Ted Gracyk says they don't understand how the final decisions were made.

President Edna Szymanski says the decisions made were tough but done in the long-term, best interests of MSUM. She says people won't agree with everything but administrators are required to look at the big picture. She says those involved with new programs are not complaining.

In order to resolve a projected $4.9 million deficit, MSUM will lay off three tenure or tenure-track faculty members instead of six proposed earlier. 20-temporary faculty positions will not be renewed and five low enrollment programs will be phased out. Several departments will also be consolidated. About two dozen faculty members also accepted early retirement offers.

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