Rock Valley College announced Friday that it will recommend to the College’s Board of Trustees to approve a reduction in force of certain faculty members effective fall of 2017.
They say they are taking the measure in order to be proactive and manage risk as they build the 2017-18 budget.
In recent years, the College has made substantial reductions to its non-instructional services, including implementing a reduction in force in December 2015 of 30 non-instructional employees and eliminating 14 non-instructional vacant positions.
This year, the College reduced non-salary items and expense budgets by more than $1 million compared to fiscal year 2016. Despite the reductions, RVC is still facing a $1.6 million deficit for fiscal year 2017, and the outlook for next year is even more challenging due in part to the absence of state funding because of the ongoing Illinois budget crisis.
“In light of the historic fiscal uncertainty and the unpredictable enrollment patterns the College faces, these actions are deemed necessary to ensure the long-term stability of the College,” said RVC President Dr. Doug Jensen.
RVC has experienced a decline in enrollment in recent years, losing about 5,000 students and 32,000 credit hours sold since 2010.
The recommendations for a reduction in force will be taken to the Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday.