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May 7, 2014

Staffing cuts come to Goshen College

Services to be consolidated, online courses more a focus

GOSHEN — Goshen College is continuing its restructuring project, which will result in the loss of jobs and the consolidation of administration services and a move to more online courses and a new cooperative MBA degree.

Five full-time and three part-time jobs will be cut and five other positions will be reduced in hours. In addition, seven positions vacated due to normal turnover will not be filled, according to college officials.

“We are working to implement new models in a number of areas on campus that position us for the future in terms of the higher ed landscape,” said Scott Barge, director of assessment at GC.

The restructuring has been ongoing and last December the college eliminated three full-time and three part-time faculty positions. Another 10 positions had hours reduced.

College officials said the faculty cuts had to come first so the administration and service areas could be adjusted now. They are also looking ahead to reaccreditation next year.

Before the most recent reductions, the college had 210 full- and part-time administrative employees and 96 full- and part-time teaching faculty on staff.

Barge said students who return to campus in late summer will notice several changes:

• A combination of student services into one office that coordinates those services. “That allows us to find efficiencies in how we operate,” Barge said. Those efficiencies will allow the GC staff to offer longer hours for student services.

• Marketing the college and recruitment of students. Those changes will include more digital information and use of social media.

• More collaboration between the college’s information technology department and the library staff. Barge said books won’t be going away, but more information will be accessible through non-traditional sources. “We want to continue our investments in making the library a technology rich learning environment,” Barge said.

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