The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted 5-to-1 during a special meeting Monday to authorize staff reductions for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016. Staff cuts are just one part of Western's plan for cutting spending by roughly $10 million due to declines in enrollment and state financial support.
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will wait until next month to vote on a massive budget cutting plan. In a letter issued Tuesday to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said he wants more time to come up with a proposal that threatens the livelihood of fewer people.
The administration at Western Illinois University announced a plan last week to lay-off 50 teachers plus other staff members next school year. The faculty union is now calling the plan a violation of its contract.
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 University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) chapter at Western Illinois University is speaking out against a possible budget reduction proposal that recommends a "desired" student to faculty ratio of 17:1 for Western.
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.