Academic programs, employees last to go as Rider cuts costs – The Rider News

By Shaun Chornobroff and Amethyst Martinez

Continuing his university shake-up, Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo announced in a June 7 email that Rider would eliminate or “archive” 25 academic programs and reduce its administrative staff as part of the latest effort to the school to minimize the $20 million debt putting a stranglehold on Rider’s financial future.

All current students whose programs are eliminated or archived will have a path to graduation, the email said. Rider will also increase its investment in seven programs to help them grow.

The eliminated programs include undergraduate majors in economics, global studies, health care policy, American studies and piano, according to the announcement. The major in philosophy will be abolished and transformed into a minor. Master’s programs including Business Communication, Homeland Security and five music-related graduate programs such as Piano Performance, Organ Performance and Piano Pedagogy have also been completed.

Dell’Omo also informed employees that “a document detailing the need to invoke Article XV (termination) of the collective agreement has been shared with the [faculty union]indicating that the university intends to lay off professors.

“Today’s announcement is about embracing and preparing for our future. For all that Rider has accomplished over the past 157 years, I believe there is still more to be achieved. But to be successful, we must remain more focused than ever on meeting the changing needs of students,” Dell’Omo said in messages to the university community.

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Earnest L. Veasey