Loyola University lays off staff

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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 8:08 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Loyola University officials have laid off 18 staff members and announced that 12 non-tenured faculty will not have their contracts renewed in April.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1dy4tgA ) that the university is trying to erase a $5.1 million deficit in its budget.

The layoffs come as the university has been trimming its budget in light of a significant drop in enrollment this year, the second year in a row Loyola has seen its enrollment numbers decline.

Officials recently announced that 46 faculty and staff members had accepted an offer of early retirement from the university, which cut its deficit by about $2.4 million.

Loyola spokeswoman Meredith Hartley says the last layoffs should balance the university's budget.

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