Rider University cuts jobs, cuts programs citing deficit

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Rider University recently announced that it is downsizing and eliminating a few programs as part of its “savings and reorganization program.”

The move comes after the University said it had carried out a “thorough and thoughtful analysis” of its operations. The job cuts and program eliminations are designed to support the long-term financial health of the University.

The cost savings and reorganization plan should reduce the University’s current deficit, so that it can generate reserves of annual net income that can be reinvested in the University, Rider said.

“With restructuring and cost reductions in all administrative operational areas, Rider has made the difficult decision to reduce its staff of full-time non-AAUP (non-faculty) employees by four administrative positions,” the University said.

Rider has agreed to follow all rules in accordance with its collective agreement with the Rider University chapter of the American Association of University Teachers (AAUP).

The University said it was cutting 21 programs. “The rest of the programs were either slated for revision or other structural changes,” Rider said.

A teaching plan has been created for programs that are on hold. This will allow Rider to fulfill its commitment to affected students so they can graduate from the program of their choice, the University said.

“As higher education evolves, it’s imperative that Rider continually evaluates its offerings and identifies new opportunities to meet student needs,” Dell’Omo said. “The changes to academic programs will allow Rider to use its limited resources wisely by investing in its greatest strengths.”

All current students will have a path to graduation and will experience no changes to their current curriculum, Rider said.

“This announcement is about embracing and preparing for our future,” Rider President Gregory G. Dell’Omo said in a statement. “For all that Rider has accomplished over the past 157 years, I believe there is still more room for improvement. But to be successful, we must remain as focused as ever on meeting the changing needs of students.”

In February, the University chapter of the American Association of University Teachers (AAUP) called for Dell’Omo’s removal and voted “no confidence” in his leadership. Read more:

The AAUP said it was concerned about Dell’Omo’s professional performance, which led to the university’s “weakening financial position”, declining student enrollment and “almost – destruction of Westminster Choir College”.

They asked the board to remove Dell’Omo as chairman. But the board said it fully endorses Dell’Omo and the vote of ‘no confidence’ in the AAUP vote came at a time when many institutions, including Rider, were grappling with the long-term effects. of the pandemic.

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Earnest L. Veasey