Main Hall at Carroll University.
Citing a drop in enrollment,
the university has laid off 14 staff members.
WAUKESHA - After falling short of its undergraduate
enrollment target last fall, Carroll University is
letting go of 14 staff members to try and “rebalance”
its budget for the next fiscal year, said President Doug
is not easy to say goodbye to colleagues, it is a necessary
step in rebalancing the budget,” Hastad said in a Monday
email to faculty and staff.
Wednesday, Hastad told The Freeman that the 14 staff
positions will be eliminated effective June 30, and that two
faculty positions will be eliminated in 2015. Faculty
members teach classes while staff members aren’t in front of
students teaching and usually work in offices like business
has enjoyed 19 years of consecutive growth at the
undergraduate level. It’s almost unprecedented that an
institution like ours would flourish at the time of the
recession, but we did,” Hastad said. “But this past year, we
had a minor blip. Not a problem - a circumstance of
business. We were down 93 students at the undergraduate and
graduate level this year.”
email to faculty, he said that in May the university will
graduate one of the largest classes in history.
we are tuition-dependent, this means that going into next
year (the 2015 fiscal year) we must lay the groundwork to
realign our expenses/revenue projections to reach a balanced
budget,” Hastad said in the email.
The Freeman that for the past six years, Carroll has
increased its tuition about 4.75 percent per year. However,
next year’s increase will only be about 3 percent.
“We made a
conscious decision to understand what families go through
when they pick schools. We are trying to hold it at a modest
increase so students will understand we do truly comprehend
the challenges of earning an undergraduate degree,” Hastad
said. “Our financial aid next year for students will be $40
million. That’s part of the investment as well.”
email to faculty and staff, Hastad also included information
about several information sessions where employees can ask
questions and learn more. Two have already occurred but
three more are planned for next week.
people have attended the sessions so far, said Carroll’s
Director of Public Relations Jeannine Sherman.
I’ve heard at these sessions that was rewarding was to hear
employees ask ‘How can I help? How can I make a
difference?’” Sherman said.
next for the university? Hastad said Carroll is moving
also continuing to do positive things like reinvesting back
into the programs of campus, moving forward with our brick
and mortar projects ... This truly is a rebalancing of the
operational budget,” Hastad said. “While unfortunate for
folks holding positions, it’s a necessary thing to continue
the fiscal integrity of an institution that’s been around
for 168 years.”