- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2020

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has laid off 13 employees in its online division as it deals with financial constraints wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The News & Record reported Thursday that the job cuts took place last week.

The losses occurred at UNCG Online. It runs the university’s online graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

University spokeswoman Eden Bloss said the employees got “very generous” severance packages and can keep their health coverage for the next year.

Bloss said the layoffs follow enrollment and revenue declines as well as increased costs due to the pandemic.

“Difficult times will mean difficult, but necessary, decisions to reduce expenses and address large and unexpected budget gaps created by these major simultaneous challenges … ” Bloss said. “At UNCG, resource actions that impact people are a last resort, but will be necessary in some cases.”

Nationwide, many colleges and universities are struggling with the financial effects of the pandemic, which has depressed enrollment and led to job cuts.

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