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The acting president of state-owned Clarion University says the school no longer plans to notify faculty of layoffs at the end of this academic year.

Clarion was one of five of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities that announced in March that layoffs and program cuts could occur in the 2018-19 school year, as the State System of Higher Education struggles generally with an enrollment drop.

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Clarion University's president says she's stepping down at the end of the next academic year.

Karen Whitney has been president of the state-owned school for eight years. The school about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh has about 5,200 students.

The school is one of several in the 14-school State System of Higher Education that's struggling with declining enrollment. Clarion's enrollment has dropped 29 percent since 2010.

Whitney is the longest-tenured president in the state system.

The resignation announced Monday is effective June 30, 2018.

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Administrators at five of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have given faculty notice that layoffs and program cuts could occur in the 2018-19 school year, as the State System of Higher Education struggles generally with an enrollment drop.

Mansfield University administrators filed a notice March 21. Faculty at California, Clarion, Edinboro and Cheyney universities have since been notified.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Clarion University says it's the first of the state's 14 state-owned universities to implement such a policy. It became effective this fall.

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Pennsylvania's state-owned universities are in an uncomfortable situation. Declining student enrollment numbers have left universities like Edinboro, Clarion, East Stroudsburg and Mansfield with less tuition revenue and the unfortunate task of cutting programs and faculty.

In the increasingly competitive higher education market, these state schools are struggling to retain students.

To address this competition, schools add more amenities that budgets may not allow.

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Clarion University, is planning some cuts in staff and programs to address a deficit and declining enrollment.

University spokesperson David Love said “the comprehensive workforce plan” would trim up to 40 jobs, including 22 faculty, with more than a dozen other positions remaining unfilled or eliminated through retirement and attrition.  But no faculty members will be furloughed during this academic year.