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UE Extends Discussion Period for Academic Realignment Plan

The University's president says the now-extended discussion period could change the outcome of the original draft of the Academic Realignment Plan that was proposed in December 2020.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 3:01 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 3:07 PM

University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said Friday that the University would be extending the comment, discussion, recommendation, and proposal period for the draft Academic Realignment plan until the end of February.

According to President Pietruszkiewicz, the extended discussion period for the plan could, and likely will, affect the final realignment plan and avoid the elimination of some faculty positions and majors included in the draft realignment plan.

Related: Protest Held at University of Evansville Over Proposed Department, Major Cuts

President Pietruszkiewicz said another key factor in the fate of certain departments and majors was the outcome of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program - which allows faculty members in certain departments to leave the University at the end of the semester in exchange for one year of base salary and a $10,000 health-care assistance payment. 

The Voluntary Separation Incentive Program, which starts Monday and lasts for 45 days, will be available to faculty in the following departments and majors: Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Creative Writing/English, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Foreign Languages and Cultures, History, Math, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Physics, and Political Science.

To see all of the cuts and changes proposed in the original draft of the Academic Realignment Plan, click here.


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