I graduated from Albion College in 1974. Today, I (along with all members of the "Albion College family") received an e-mail from Donna Randall, the President of the college. Here it is, in relevant part:
"As we continue to deal with the effects of the economic recession, colleges and universities across the nation, including Albion, are faced with some exceedingly difficult financial decisions.
After thorough deliberation, the Albion College Board of Trustees has determined that the College must reduce the size of the faculty to bring it into alignment with current and anticipated numbers of students. The attached letter details the reasons for this decision and outlines the process that will be followed in achieving these reductions. This action is the latest in a series of measures taken over the past 18 months to balance our revenues and expenses. We believe that at the end of this process Albion College will emerge as a more vibrant institution, fully focused on its strengths..."
The proposed cuts would eliminate 15 full-time faculty positions, which is approximately 10% of the faculty
I am not sure what is going on at Albion; it used to be a highly regarded liberal arts college, but its reputation and national rankings have slipped in recent years. The economic downturn in Michigan--in the economy as a whole--certainly has not helped.
At the same time, I must admit I have mixed feelings about the college, its poor relationship with its graduates, the ham-handed way it does things (e.g., tearing down the Gerstacker International House) and what it perceives its mission to be.
Here's a link.
Before saying more, I want to think about this.