UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz must Resign or be Fired.

UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz must Resign or be Fired.

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A quarter of the faculty at the University of Evansville would be out of a job under a new proposal from the school's administration in response to what the administration is calling changes to the higher education industry.

Three departments would be shuttered entirely as part of what the school is calling an "academic alignment," and a total of 17 majors would be eliminated from the curriculum.

The music, electrical engineering and computer science, and philosophy and religion departments would be terminated under the proposal, along with their 12 associated majors.

Five other majors — Spanish, history, political science, art history and physics — would be cut from UE's offerings. Some other departments would also lose faculty lines. The proposal also calls for the merger of the school's business and engineering colleges.

Thirty-five to 40 of the around 150 faculty positions would be affected under the proposed plan. The school will start by offering buyouts. Those who agree would receive a year's salary plus $10,000 for healthcare expenses. Other professors would be given 18-months notice."The proposed academic alignment plan is designed to eliminate underserved and unsustainable programs and allows for the investment of more resources to the greatest areas of growth," UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz wrote in an email to staff Thursday evening outlining the proposal.

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