SIU announces 180 potential layoffs, and more due to lack of funds

Southern Illinois University will lose 180 faculty members and staffers and reduce or eliminate support for a bevy of programs and services if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed 20 percent cut to public higher education holds muster in fiscal year 2017.

In total, cuts to the Carbondale campus amount to $22.86 million. The SIU system, which includes the Edwardsville campus and the Springfield-based School of Medicine, would see $46.54 million in reductions and a total loss of 481 positions, not including student jobs and graduate assistantships.

President Randy Dunn announced the potential cost reductions in an email to employees Wednesday afternoon — one day before he is scheduled to testify to the impact of proposed funding cuts before an Illinois Senate appropriations committee.

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