Leaders at Western Illinois University said they will unveil details about the school's realignment plans on July 16. They said everything is being evaluated so it's too soon to discuss what might be included in the plans.
Two dozen faculty members at Western Illinois University will lose their jobs as the university contends with declines in student enrollment and state financial support. During a special meeting of Western's Board of Trustees on Thursday, Chair Cathy Early said the university is repositioning itself while remaining fiscally responsible.
Western Illinois University’s administration wants to eliminate four academic majors due to declining student enrollment. Those majors are African American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies.
The state of Illinois has cut funding to higher education each year for more than a decade. Those cuts combined with declining enrollment will cause some people to lose their jobs at Western Illinois University.
The Western Illinois University chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois believes WIU's administration is overstepping its authority by directly surveying employees about potential cost-cutting options.