NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WPTA21) – Manchester University is cutting eleven positions by the end of 2021 in what the school is calling its undergraduate realignment while at the same time announcing new health science programs.
Two faculty positions will be axed at the end of this academic year, and three more will end at the completion of the 2020-21 academic year.
Six staff positions will also be cut by the end of January 2020. Five of those positions are from the North Manchester campus and one position is from the Fort Wayne campus.
Manchester University said those whose positions will be ending were told the news Tuesday.
ABC21 is working to determine which programs these staff and faculty are employed.
The university said the move was driven in large part by a significant decline in enrollment, and these staff reductions are needed to keep Manchester affordable.
At this point, the university is not cutting any programs this year, but officials said that wouldn’t be out of the question in the future.
“Because of the faculty reductions, we expect that some majors will be phased out,” Manchester University President Dave McFadden said.
“Faculty committees are currently reviewing the latest information to identify what the next steps will be. All curricular changes require faculty approval before they are implemented.”
If any major is identified for closure, students who are currently in that major will be able to complete it, but no new majors in that area will be accepted after the decision is made.
“We are investing in programs that have the potential to grow,” McFadden said. “That means reinventing some existing majors and ultimately phasing out others.
Faculty and others have proposed changes in many areas, including biology-chemistry, criminology, education, environmental studies, visual arts, music, exercise science and medical technology.
Manchester is working to add a Master of Science degree in nutrition and the emerging field of nutrigenomics, which studies the relationship between a person’s DNA, nutrition and health.
The Board of Trustees approved a proposal to offer the five-year master’s degree program, with three years at the undergraduate level in North Manchester and two at the graduate level in Fort Wayne.
Manchester is also seeking accreditation for a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which is in response to a nationwide shortage. It has added an online pharmacogenomics master’s degree, which will soon graduate its first class.
Manchester has about 355 employees across both campuses.