Green River College Eyes Cutting 11 Programs

May 13, 2016

Green River College administrators sent a notice to faculty members Wednesday saying that 11 academic programs could be eliminated in order to close an up to $4.5 million budget deficit.

Faculty members have voted no confidence in the college's president twice, and once for the Board of Trustees. The programs that could be eliminated include design drafting, German, French, geography, occupational therapy assistant and Montessori early childhood education. 

According to the Kent Reporter, the proposed cuts would save about $1.2 million. Five tenured faculty, one tenure-track faculty member and a program director would be directly affected. However if their programs are cut, faculty members could teach other courses at the college.

Students, faculty and staff already staged a walkout last month over how the college has been run.

In President Eileen Ely's notice, she stated that she will consider any recommendations and alternatives from faculty members until June 10.

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