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Carthage Cuts Finalized

Aug. 4, 2020 5:25p

(WGTD)---Carthage College has finalized a restructuring plan that's designed to cut costs and position the school to deal with a shrinking pool of high school graduates. 

According to a letter to students and alumni, 15 tenured professors will leave voluntarily and will be eligible to receive a separation package. Eight non-tenured positions will be eliminated as a result of resignations and contract expirations and non-renewals. 

Neither the letter--from Carthage President John Swallow--or a FAQ page on the school's website--named the teachers to be affected. But a Facebook page run by students and alumni attempted Tuesday afternoon to identify the departures by name. 

In addition to the personnel reductions, the school will discontinue two majors: Classics and Philosophy/Great Ideas. Students currently on those tracks will be able to finish. 

The good news for some is that 8 of the 10 departments that had been under a microscope for potential reorganization weren't touched.  

In his letter, Swallow called the restructuring process painful but necessary. 

Students and alumni have been invited to a town hall meeting Tuesday Aug. 11th at 4 p.m. to discuss the changes.