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SOU Moves Forward with Retrenchment

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ASHLAND, Ore. — After years of facing reductions in state funding and a drop in enrollment, Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan made the most recent retrenchment plan final.

The plan gets rid of 12 permanent full-time employees, and at least 15 term-by-term employees. The plan also minors in some programs and majors in Art History, French and Physics.

In recent months, student leaders have been working to ease the pain of the retrenchment process. “We applied ourselves for over a month and were up in the capitol every single day speaking with legislators trying to solicit emergency funding for this university and we came back successful with 500,000,” said Vice President of the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University Max Goldman.

The half of a million dollars is now in SOU’s general fund.