LSU cuts could slash one-third of English department
Termination notices that went out to LSU instructors about a month ago could have far-reaching effects, according to a recent article in the school newspaper.
The Daily Reveille reported this week that the notices, which had been sent to inform instructors they'd be fired next year if projected budget cuts were as deep as expected, recently reached all 36 English instructors at the university. Those instructors represent more than a third of the department's 90 faculty members.
The Daily Reveille also says three instructors have already left the university since the spring, after the first notices had gone out, and that some faculty worry a recent partnership with Baton Rouge Community College was meant to replace the classes currently taught by instructors.
Kristine Calogne with LSU Public Relations said the notices are not new, and that instructors in all departments have received the notices.
LSU and other state-funded universities face the possibility of deep cuts because of a projected $2 billion shortfall in the state budget next year. Faculty members who received the notices last year were given extensions into the fall of 2011, and told some could be withdrawn depending on how deep the cuts get.