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Purdue Calumet to rescind cuts

– Purdue University Calumet has rescinded its layoffs of seven tenure-track faculty members a month after telling those instructors that declining enrollment had cost them their jobs.

Purdue Calumet’s interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, Peggy Gerard, said in an administrative blog posting that the Hammond school rescinded the layoffs because the campus’ fall enrollment had been better than expected.

School officials had expected to see a 7 percent drop in fall credit hour enrollment at Purdue Calumet, but the decline was only about 4 percent. Before Wednesday’s announcement by Gerard, the seven affected faculty members had been preparing for their contracts to end at the conclusion of this or next academic year.

Purdue Calumet administrators had sent the notices in early August in response to anticipated lower enrollment they said would cost the university $3 million. The notices prompted a wave of complaints from faculty and the Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

Although the overall enrollment numbers were improved, school officials said Purdue Calumet will still see a $2 million budget shortfall.