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Purdue University Calumet to Eliminate Nearly 50 Positions

4/10/2013


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Purdue University Calumet will eliminate nearly 50 academic-related positions in the next 18 months, to address a $4 million revenue shortfall.

Hammond campus spokesman Wes Lukoshus says the number of full-time Purdue Calumet students is down on campus and that led to the revenue decline. "This goes back to kind of our new niche, our new role here as a regional university charged with enrolling and retaining more Baccalaureate degree students and Master degree students, that is those students persisting to those degrees," said Lukoshus. None of these position cuts are tenured or tenure-track faculty members. They are mainly adjunct professors or instructors.

Lukoshus says the cuts have nothing to do with expected revenue shortfalls and budget changes coming from the Purdue tuition. He said the cuts will be spread out among the university's departments at the main campus in Hammond and the Academic Learning Center in Merrillville, which will close after June 30.

Lukoshus says faculty and staff were told of these cuts last month. "These are individuals who we serve as what we call 'limited term lecturers,' and they're clinical instructors, they are voluntary retirees, that is, instructors or faculty members who have gone on partial retirement that want to continue teaching," he said.

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