Rider University cutting 20 jobs, 13 majors due to deficit

A New Jersey private liberal arts college says it's cutting 20 jobs and eliminating more than a dozen academic majors to help close a budget

A New Jersey private liberal arts college says it's cutting 20 jobs and eliminating more than a dozen academic majors to help close a budget gap.

A New Jersey private liberal arts college says it's cutting 20 jobs and eliminating more than a dozen academic majors to help close a budget gap. (10/30/15)

LAWRENCE - A New Jersey private liberal arts college says it's cutting 20 jobs and eliminating more than a dozen academic majors to help close a budget gap.

Rider University President Gregory Dell'Omo announced the cuts Thursday during a town-hall meeting with faculty and staff.

He tells NJ.com that it's a tough decision but right for the university.

He says declining enrollment has contributed to a $7.6 million budget gap in the school's $216 million budget. The layoffs are expected to save $2 million.

The jobs being eliminated include 14 full-time faculty positions.

Thirteen majors including philosophy, piano, art history and French will be cut next year. Current juniors and seniors will be able to complete degrees in programs they have begun.

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