Campus Saint-Jean announced Wednesday that it was forced to lay off 12 staff and contract academic staff in order to eliminate its operating deficit, continuing a widespread trend of layoffs in several faculties over the past few years.
A news release issued by the U of A noted that costs and spending had outstripped revenues in last year’s budget. Marc Arnal, Dean of Campus Saint-Jean, said the faculty had taken all available steps to prevent layoffs, including not filling three open vacancies, limiting travel and discontinuing some IT initiatives. The decision to lay off staff was the “last option,” Arnal said.
“Of course there will be an impact on Campus Saint-Jean — we are losing, and will certainly miss, 12 excellent people — but there will be little impact on mission-critical work as both the layoffs and the service reductions have been carried out according to the University of Alberta principle of protecting the quality and scope of academic programs and student services,” Arnal said in the release.
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