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Deep Faculty Cuts at U Michigan-Flint

June 23, 2020

The University of Michigan at Flint laid off 41 percent of its 300-person lecturer pool, according to the Detroit Free Press. University administrators are reportedly preparing for a budget shortfall of $8.4 million in the coming year. The university system anticipates a loss of up to $1 billion. The university blames the cuts, including additional salary reductions, voluntary furloughs and hiring and spending freezes, on long-term financial problems that the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated, the Free Press reported.

“Unlike at U-M Ann Arbor and U-M Dearborn, the steady enrollment decline of the last several years without decline in instructional staff has put U-M Flint in a very difficult financial situation,” Jennifer Hogan, university spokesperson, told the newspaper.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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