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MSU Moorhead proposes cutting six tenured faculty, five majors

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Under a plan outlined by administrators Thursday, Minnesota State University Moorhead plans to eliminate majors, merge several departments and lay off six faculty members to solve its $4.9 million budget deficit.

The cuts unveiled made it a “sad day to be a Dragon,” said Ted Gracyk, chairman of the Faculty Association, which serves as the bargaining unit for permanent faculty at MSUM.

The plan is projected to save $2 million in fiscal year 2015 and $919,000 in fiscal year 2016.

It calls for a reduction of 16 temporary faculty positions and six layoffs of tenured or tenure-track faculty in the community health, elementary and early childhood education, English, history, theater arts and special education graduate programs.

Five majors with relatively few students would get the ax under the proposed plan: American multicultural studies, medical laboratory technician, Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, music composition and community health.

Each of the program areas targeted for layoffs do not have any temporary faculty whose positions could be eliminated, Provost Anne Blackhurst said.

If the administration decides to move forward, the layoffs would be effective in May 2015.

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