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BGSU faculty protest cuts

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Educators at Bowling Green State University packed a board meeting this afternoon to protest the termination of 40 teachers. The professors' contracts will not be renewed. The university blames budget problems for the cuts. The union worries these cuts will affect the quality of education.
Hundreds of teachers carried signs that said stop the cuts and packed a BGSU board of trustees meeting. The teachers say they hope the administration comes to its senses and not cut 40 educators

"These cuts are devastating to the quality of education at bowling green and we really insist that theses cuts be rescinded," said BGSU FA president David Jackson.  

The university announced it plans to cut full time faculty in May. BGSU's faculty association says more cuts are expected. The senior vice president of academic affairs says the university took a good look at staffing levels and compensation.

"We had made a commitment to bring our faculty salaries to market and we have invested a significant amount of dollars in that over the last  year at the same time we need to compare ourselves with other institutions across Ohio," said Senior VP of Academic Affairs Rodney Rogers.

Faculty and students are concerned about the major cuts  

"I'm concerned about the quality of education we're providing for our  students and  I'm concerned about my colleagues," said staff member Sara Chambers.  

"It's almost certain it will be bigger classes and fewer classes which we think will add to the time it will take students to graduate," said Jackson.

The cuts won't go into affect until may of 2014.

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