By Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - A university in southeast Kansas is planning to cut 19 full-time positions because of stagnant state funding, increasing costs and enrollment pressures.

Pittsburg State University officials announced the plan Thursday, The Joplin Globe reported. Officials said employees affected by the layoff have been notified and will continue to be paid through mid-June. Employees will also receive job placement assistance through the university’s Office of Career Services, and have preferred status for university job openings over the next 12 months.

“We’re going to do everything possible to help them in this difficult time,” PSU President Steve Scott said in a statement.

Spokesman Chris Kelly said supervisors have met with the affected employees, along with a representative of human resource services, to inform them of the layoffs and of the support available to them.

“We believe every position is essential, but in the current financial environment, we had to make painful choices,” he said.

The positions will remain in place through the end of the fiscal year ending June 16.

University officials said instructors weren’t included in the cuts. They said the layoffs are part the university’s a long-term cost reduction.

“We’ve joined with the Kansas Board of Regents in actively advocating for additional state funding for many years,” Scott said. “Those efforts have clearly, and sadly, not resonated with the legislative leadership.”

The cuts come as the university faces declining enrollment, especially with international students.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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