Three weeks ago I wrote about enrollment at Evergreen State College which, not surprisingly, is down again this year. At the time I suggested that the declining enrollment would inevitably result in the school having to reduce faculty. That assumption was correct but thanks to a piece at the Olympian published last Sunday I can now quantify that a bit:
The college plans its course offerings with a 22-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, so as student numbers have fallen, so too have faculty numbers, said David McAvity, Evergreen’s dean for academic budgets. In just two years, the college has cut the equivalent of 34 full-time faculty positions, a 20 percent decrease.
Last school year, the college started offering retirement incentives to some tenured faculty. (Evergreen doesn’t use the term “tenured,” however, instead referring to them as faculty with a continuing contract.) This year, incentives are being offered to all tenured faculty who want to leave or reduce their contracts to part time, McAvity said.
Based on the school’s headcount numbers it has lost 28.6 percent of its student body over the same two years. So that roughly matches up. The change is apparent to incoming students like Wasmine Ghosheh: