Program Elimination and Faculty Reduction Q&A


GENERAL Q&A:

Why are you eliminating programs and letting faculty go?

We are eliminating programs that have failed to attract and graduate the number of students necessary to justify continuing the programs. We must make appropriate faculty position reductions because of the program eliminations.

What programs are being eliminated?

The programs being eliminated are: General Business, Sociology, Computer Information Systems, English, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Master of Science in History and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Since a program such as English is being eliminated, does this mean a student cannot take English classes at FVSU?

No. Students will still be able to take English courses that count towards their required courses for graduation, such as English 1101. This program change means that students will not be able to major and pursue a bachelor’s in English.

How many members of the faculty are being laid-off?

There are nine affected faculty members.

Will FVSU assist faculty/staff who were a part of the reduction?

Those affected have been offered one-year contracts that will conclude in 2016. The university will offer outplacement assistance through the Office of Human Resources and Career Services, and the employment networks made available through the USG.

Will this affect FVSU’s academic and customer service?

Though the administration had to make these difficult decisions, plans for the future also include proposals for new, relevant academic programs and the re-engineering of others. 

Didn’t you recently make eliminations?

Last September, FVSU took similar strategic measures, including a workforce reduction of 14 filled and 11 vacant staff positions. At that time, the workforce reduction impacted the president’s office, academic affairs, enrollment management, and business and finance.

Will there be additional layoffs?

FVSU is striving to minimize the number of employees impacted by the reduction in workforce. However, much depends upon present trends in enrollment and our ability to plan accordingly.

STUDENTS:

What about the students currently enrolled in the eliminated programs?

All students currently enrolled in impacted programs will continue to matriculate in those programs until graduation. We do not expect our decision to have any adverse impact on student services or their academic experience at our institution.

What changes can students expect to see in their classes?

Students can expect to see little or no changes in their classes beginning fall 2015. 

Students who are currently enrolled in a program to be deactivated can expect that the university will allow for a “teach out.”  A “teach out” is when a class or department has been slated for elimination due to low enrollment, but students enrolled in that particular program are assured the opportunity to graduate.  Our institution is committed to offering the courses to allow those students the chance to graduate or to allowing students to take courses elsewhere needed for graduation.

Will financial aid be impacted?

There is no impact to financial aid.

FACULTY:

Will FVSU assist faculty/staff who were a part of the reduction?

Those affected have been offered one-year contracts that will conclude in 2016. The university will offer outplacement assistance through the Office of Human Resources and Career and Alumni Services, and the employment networks made available through the University System of Georgia.

Why weren’t there furloughs instead of a reduction in workforce?

As part of the state (University System of Georgia) mandate, FVSU had to develop a reduction plan with long-term outcomes. Furloughing does not allow for long-term results. With these changes, we expect to see tangible, long-term results. 

ALUMNI:

What can FVSU alumni do to support the institution in the face of reductions in force?

Alumni can support the spirit and objectives of the actions being taken by the administration of Fort Valley State University by being engaged with the university through giving and supporting university activities.  We are taking these actions in order for FVSU to emerge as a stronger university, better equipped to serve the needs of the twenty-first century student.

I want to volunteer. Who can I contact?

FVSU has a structure for volunteerism led by Mr. Edward Boston, senior director for Career and Alumni Services. Also, we appreciate your continued assistance through alumni giving.  Please contact Ms. Kristie Kenney, director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc. for additional information on giving at (478) 825-6474.

How will these changes help FVSU’s future?

By eliminating some low-producing programs, we’re creating a portfolio of program offerings to be more appealing to today’s students, and ultimately contribute to their career marketability. In the long-term, this will allow FVSU to build a competitive advantage within the academic community.


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