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January 12, 2010

State cuts forcing ISU to ax up to 100 jobs

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University will need to eliminate an estimated 80 to 100 positions as the result of recently-announced state budget cuts, ISU President Dan Bradley stated in a letter to the campus community.

That does not mean 80 to 100 people will lose their jobs, however.

An early retirement incentive program still in the development stage will help address the issue and lessen the need for involuntary separation, Bradley stated in the letter.

“I think quite a few will take advantage of it,” he said Tuesday, in an interview.

As proposed, the early retirement incentive/severance pay would be 115 percent of an employee’s annual salary. To qualify, an employee would have to meet age requirements and have a certain number of years of service at ISU.

Bradley has taken another measure that should lessen the need for involuntary layoffs. He has instituted a hiring freeze for certain job classifications, primarily support staff with job skills that can be easily transferred to other offices on campus that have vacancies.

“This is being done temporarily in order to provide more flexibility in shifting employees from one area to another,” he stated in his letter.

It is anticipated that decisions regarding involuntary separations will be made by the first week of April. Currently, those decisions have not been made and all non-instructional positions are under review, he said.

“We are not looking at instructional programs for resolution of the funding reduction,” Bradley said Tuesday.

The details of the severance package for those individuals involuntarily separated but not eligible for the early retirement program will be made available by Feb. 1.

The goal will be to keep the number of involuntary separations “as small as we can make it,” Bradley said in the interview. “These are people and their jobs and livelihoods we’re talking about here.”

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    March 12, 2010