Edinboro U. Students Stage Sit-In Over Planned Faculty and Program Cuts

Several dozen students at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania staged a sit-in on Thursday outside the office of the institution’s president to protest planned faculty and program cuts, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The students were joined in the protest by some alumni and faculty members.

Edinboro is one of a handful of institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that have recently proposed such cuts. The university’s president, Julie E. Wollman, has said that Edinboro’s are necessary in the face of declining state support and falling enrollment. Last week the university handed a reprieve to its music and music-education programs, which had been slated for elimination. Both will continue, but with fewer faculty members.

After the group was told that Ms. Wollman was unavailable, some students sat in the lobby and waited, and she later showed up and took questions.

An Edinboro spokesman told the newspaper that the university was “still working on alternatives to faculty retrenchment” and said he thought some “good progress” had been made. He added that campus officials “welcome the fact that our students are passionate about their education and about Edinboro.”

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