Goshen restructures, cuts staff

May 26, 2014 by

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GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College is reducing staff as part of a restructuring process that seeks to reduce costs, advance the college’s vision and enhance services for students.

During an academic restructuring process, completed in December, the college developed plans to move toward an interdisciplinary schools-based organization, with majors and programs associated with schools rather than departments.

Though no majors, minors or degree programs were eliminated, three full-time and three part-time teaching faculty positions were cut. Ten positions had hours reduced. The number of low-enrollment courses was reduced to achieve a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, up from 10:1.

An administrative restructuring process, completed in May, was focused on improving services for students.

To increase convenience and allow for extended office hours, all key student services — housing, student activities, accounting, registration and financial aid — will be located in the same place. Library, media and technology services will further collaborate to support technology-rich learning environments. Career services and alumni relations are being united to build stronger ties and career pathways for students.

Seven positions that were vacant due to attrition will not be filled. Five additional full-time and three part-time administrative positions were eliminated. Five other positions had hours reduced.

Goshen has 210 full- and part-time administrative employees and 96 full- and part-time teaching faculty.

In addition to informing administrative personnel about the position reductions two months before the changes become effective, the college will provide severance and assistance to employees affected in seeking other employment.

Goshen maintains a strong financial foundation, with a $110 million endowment, large for a school of its size, and with an “A-” rating by Forbes for a financial grade, seventh among all Indiana colleges and universities.

“Yet like many higher education institutions — particularly small, liberal arts colleges — Goshen faces ongoing pressures on traditional operational revenue streams,” said Jim Histand, vice president for finance.

“As we seek to keep Goshen College affordable and be good stewards of our resources, we didn’t feel it was responsible or wise to pass on rising costs to our students in the form of larger tuition increases or reducing financial aid.”

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