- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania is planning to cut an unspecified number of faculty.

President Michael Victor tells the Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/1X8dbLD ) that the private, Catholic school needs to make the cuts to be more responsive to market demands and focus on academic fields in higher demand.

The school plans to offer early retirement and separation packages in order to cut staff. If not enough professors leave, the school will be forced to not renew contracts with some non-tenured professors.

Provost David Dausey says it’s unclear how many positions will be eliminated, and that the amount of money the Erie-based school hopes to save is a “moving target.” That’s partly because the school doesn’t know how large next year’s incoming freshman class will be, which will affect the school’s revenue stream.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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