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Administrators say layoffs are coming soon

But fewer jobs likely will be cut due to cost savings of the voluntary severance plan

Assistant News Editor

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:01

Layoffs are confirmed as one of the next steps in the university’s plan to close the remaining $5.1 million budget deficit.

Although no detailed plans have been issued publicly, people within university leadership say that reducing the size of the workplace is one of the next logical steps in their efforts to shrink the budget gap.The deficit was caused by an enrollment shortfall for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Speaking about the university’s intended course of action to close the deficit left after the severance program’s implementation, the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., told The Maroon that layoffs could be coming.

“There potentially could be layoffs, there is no doubt in my mind about that. That is a possibility,” Wildes said.

Marc Manganaro, provost and vice president for academic affairs, went on to confirm the university’s intent to cut down on faculty and staff numbers in comments he made to the Student Government Association during a senate meeting.

“We will be asking some staff to leave as we are downscaling, and that will happen in February,” Manganaro said. “We will not be rehiring some of our non-tenured, extraordinary faculty, given that we are somewhat smaller, and we are being strategic moving forward as to how big we want to be.”

The university was facing a much larger deficit of $7.5 million at the beginning of the school year. In response, administrators instituted a voluntary severance program.

"The recent voluntary severance program offered by the university to eligible employees was very successful and resulted in higher-than-expected participation and a savings of $2.4 million for the university," said Meredith Hartley, university spokeswoman. "The university is strategically examining its expense budget in order to reduce it by 10.6 percent. However, these plans are still being developed at this time."

Manganaro said that preserving the quality of student life has been a main point of consideration in the university’s strategic planning to close the remaining $5.1 million deficit.

“The vice presidents and the deans, we have all been working very hard on ways to reduce or eliminate and close that deficit for this year with the priority to minimally affect the educational experience of our students,” Manganaro said.

Manganaro said that adjustments to downsize must be made because of the decline of national college enrollment trends.

“We have a great freshman class, but the national demographics as well are telling us that we have fewer students who are coming in to college in the next several years,” Manganaro said. “So we need to be strategic and deliberate about resizing ourselves.

Part of the “resizing,” Manganaro said, may involve reducing the number of professors teaching common curriculum classes.

“For now it does mean that we need somewhat fewer teachers, especially in those common curriculum classes in the first year,” Manganaro said.

Meredith Hartley, director of public affairs, said that the university aims to trim its budget by 10.6 percent.

Manganaro also said that the university has been looking at other ways to improve the deficit without losing efficiency.

“We have been doing a lot of other cost-cutting measures within, with the priority not to damage or hamper our instructional effectiveness,” Manganaro said.

Wildes said that the university would need to take steps to reduce and control expenses during his President’s Convocation for Faculty and Staff address on Jan. 10.

“We need to make decisions carefully so that we both protect and invest in the university while we balance the budget,” Wildes said.

Manganaro said that the Strategic Planning Committee hopes to have a first draft of a new strategic plan completed by March so that it can be presented to the Board of Trustees at their meeting in May.

The strategic plan will be “very critical” in addressing issues of university sizing and in shaping its future, Manganaro said.

“We need to, and we are, acting very strategically not just how are we going to respond to fewer students, but how big should we be?” Manganaro said. “How big should the composition of classes year to year be? What do we want to be?”

Alicia Serrano can be contacted at amserran@loyno.edu 

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Anonymous
Tue Feb 11 2014 11:34
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous post that Wildes and all of those faculty members signing the letter entitled "Faculty says Walter Block's claims were, once again, untrue and offensive" should be terminated. As a parent of a Loyola student, I would encourage my daughter not to take a course from any of them. In fact, she took a course from one of them and said that it was the worse course she had ever taken. Their response proves that they are radicals, some of which have tried over a long period of time to disparage and unfairly criticize one of, if not the best, scholar at Loyola (Walter Block). Disagreeing with a true scholar and then trying to discredit him by dumping on him is not characteristic of a true scholar. For the sake of the university, get rid of all of them.
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Mon Feb 10 2014 18:24
The fact that the president of a university would write such a letter about one of the most outstanding professors and scholars at this university based on an article that appeared in the notoriously slanted New York Times is a disgrace. All who have studied with and read the many scholarly pieces by Walter Block know that he is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful scholars that one could encounter at any university. He is so knowledgeable about economics that he deserves the Nobel in Economic Science. How many of those who signed the letter disparaging Block could even be considered for a Nobel? What Wildes and the other letter writers penned is a disgrace to this university and the entire academy. They should all go.
Anonymous
Thu Feb 6 2014 15:20
The Maroon needs to take a brave stance and speak on behalf of administrators being laid off, current students, current administrators, and Alumni. Fully endorse the removal of Wildes and be the voice of change for the oppressed and countless employee victims of this administration. Alumni and more importantly the facts are on the side of removal.
Anonymous
Thu Feb 6 2014 14:40
Please if you are a contributing alumni as I am or know of any contributing alumni DEMAND the removal of Wildes before you give one more cent. There will be no Loyola New Orleans left if this man is left in charge.
Anonymous
Tue Feb 4 2014 11:28
Wildes is a joke! The wasted money on Cabra Hall to replace beds, carpets and paint in the summer of 2011; then remodeled again costing 12million dollars. I'm aware that some buildings are old and need improvements but that was WASTEFUL spending. Also, stop drinking and giving so many parties!!! sheesh The rebuilding of buildings on main campus is like a WAR ZONE - CONSTRUCTION EVERYWHERE!!! Think about the students, faculty and staff - not yourselves.
Knoth fan
Fri Jan 31 2014 23:38
Bring back Bernie knoth. He was framed.
Anonymous
Wed Jan 29 2014 21:32
LAYOFF THE ADMINISTRATION FIRST! REPLACE THEM ALL.
Anonymous
Wed Jan 29 2014 18:09
Kevin Wildes is not a leader. He is only followed because he is feared. Why haven't the faculty voted no-confidence yet? His response after Katrina was reasonable but fraught by terrible communication. The current situation appears to be a much clearer abdication of duties. He is asleep at the wheel.
Anonymous
Tue Jan 28 2014 16:58
Have any enrollment #s been communicated? Using an average undergraduate tuition cost (from Loyola's website), it looks like 175 freshman did not enroll that were budgeted. What percentage of enrollment loss against expected enrollment is this and does it align with the national trends they refer to?
Anonymous
Tue Jan 28 2014 16:13
Sell the whole University to Tulane.
Anonymous
Sun Jan 26 2014 15:17
Seems that the voluntary severance program along with these layoffs will put more pressure and duties on the retained faculty members. I worry that this will make it difficult for Loyola to hold onto some of their more talented faculty members.
Anonymous
Sat Jan 25 2014 13:25
Why isn't Wildes the first on the chopping block? He is clearly the worst thing to ever happen to Loyola.

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