The reductions were recommended to the board by the 11-member Academic Program Futures Committee formed in February to identify savings.
“These are painful but absolutely necessary steps,” the Rev. Jonathan Eilert, chairman of the Board of Directors, stated in a release posted on the university’s website. “We’ve spent months working on these plans. We’ve heard from faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni. The decisions we’re making reflect input from all those groups to help us reach this point,”I also fully understand that people are losing jobs and academic programs are being eliminated. Those are among the most difficult decisions any university must make. And it speaks to the serious financial situation we face.”
University President Michael Frandsen said it will be a different Wittenberg University opening in the fall, but he said there are reasons for optimism.
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“We know when classes are starting,” Frandsen stated. “And we’re working every day on how we’ll reopen safely, but differently.”
The university previously announced in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year will begin Aug. 17.
The incoming freshman class is 16 percent larger than the previous year’s freshman class, and first to second year retention is tracking at the highest rate since 2014, the university announced.