Pa. University to Cut Staff, Courses, Education School

Clarion University, a state-owned school about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, is planning some drastic cuts to address a deficit and declining enrollment.

The plan calls for cutting up to 40 jobs, including 22 faculty, with more than a dozen other positions remaining unfilled or eliminated through retirements or other attrition.

The school, with 6,500 students, is facing an $8 million deficit, that would grow to $12 million by the year 2015 if it's not addressed.

The cuts include suspending the music education program and eliminating German and French courses.

The school plans to shift some additional resources to growing academic areas, including nursing.

The school is one of 14 in the State System of Higher Education.

Clarion is accepting comments on the plan, which is posted online, through Monday.

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