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ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca College plans to cut 40 positions over the course of the year, a college spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

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It’s unclear how many individuals will be laid off as a result. Last year, IC eliminated 47 positions — 39 of which came from vacancies and 8 of which were occupied — according to IC spokesperson Dave Maley.

“Our first desire, of course, is that as vacancies open up to look at those and see what is aligned with institutional priorities,” Maley said, though acknowledging the possibility that there will be lay-offs as well.

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A few other notes about the coming cuts, which were first reported by The Ithacan and The Ithaca Journal:

1 — The big reason for the cuts is to try to bring down the cost of tuition at Ithaca College, Maley said. (The total cost of attending IC is nearing $60,000.)

“We’re trying to reduce the size of the budget so we can help bring our tuition into better alignment and better affordability for students and their families,” Maley said. “We want to be the less expensive option.”

Surveys show the number one reason students who are accepted to IC but don’t attend is the tuition, Maley said.

2 — None of the cuts will be “on the academic side,” Maley said. “They’re not faculty positions.”

“We’ll be looking at academic as a whole, but these are not academic or faculty positions and they’re spread throughout the institution,” Maley said. “We haven’t targeted and we’re not targeting any particular level of administration or staff administration.”

3 — The Ithacan reported that the college’s “bottom-line goal is to cut $1.5 million from the staff compensation budget, which will come from cutting 40 positions.”

“I can’t imagine that, on the scale of things, a relatively modest program of identifying positions that we don’t need to have students pay for would change a very high commitment to student service on the part of staff,” President Tom Rochon told the student newspaper.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.