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WSU announces layoffs, program cuts

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University will cut about 360 vacant and currently filled jobs university-wide, eliminate three academic programs and employ a number of administrative cost-cutting measures across the university to reduce its budget by $54 million.

The final budget plan was announced by President Elson S. Floyd and Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Theater and Dance and the Department of Community and Rural Sociology will both be phased out and the German major will be eliminated. The Sports Management program, which had been slated for elimination, will be retained.

The job reductions include 167 vacant positions that will be eliminated. Another 192 faculty and staff positions will be impacted; most of those jobs are currently filled, but some have been vacated by recent retirements or will be affected by reduced appointments and various types of separation agreements.

The university plans to provide at least a 90-day notice to permanent staff who are given notice of separation. The university employs more than 6,200 people statewide.

"This has been a long, thorough and inclusive process. The final decisions, however, remained very difficult. We have tried to be sensitive to the disruptions caused by job losses and closing worthwhile programs, but there are no real alternatives when faced with a cut of this magnitude," Floyd said.

Floyd has already cut his salary by $100,000. He said WSU's top administrators will all contribute 5 percent of their base salaries back to the school.

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