CSU-Pueblo to cut 22 existing employees and 19 vacant positions

Published: January 17, 2014, 4:54 pm, by Debbie Kelley

Fewer than the expected50 jobs will be eliminated at Colorado State University-Pueblo, President Lesley Di Mare announced Friday.

Flat enrollment projections for the 2014-2015 school year, along with the decision not to raise tuition for the current year have left the university with a $3.3 million deficit for fiscal year 2015.

The school plans to balance the budget by cutting operating budgets and eliminating 22 filled positions and 19 vacant positions. That’s fewer than the 50 originally projected. No tenure track or tenured faculty will be cut.

Affected faculty and administrative personnel will be notified between Jan. 20 and Jan. 31 of their status. Terminated employees may remain in their positions through June 30 and will receive occupational counseling, resume assistance and help finding new jobs.

At an open forum, Di Mare pledged to “keep the integrity of the academic  programs and serve our students.” Other strategies include reducing operating dollars by $400,000 after consulting with all departments and having faculty teach 12 credit hours per semester, with consideration for administrative duties and grant opportunities.