CSU's Online School Lays Off 12
January 09, 2009
Growth has been short of expectations for the startup, which had a staff of 50
By Monte Whaley - The Denver Post
Colorado State University's independent online university, Global Campus, has laid off 12 of 50 staff members as the startup tries to stay viable during lean times.
"It's a recognition of the economy," said CSU-Denver spokeswoman Michele McKinney. "Obviously everyone is feeling it."
The school's growth rate is short of expectations, and that led to the decision to make across-the-board cuts, she said.
"They (administrators) are just being prudent," McKinney said.
CSU Global, located in Greenwood Village, launched last fall to cater to nontraditional students who have not gone directly to college from high school or who previously dropped out of college.
It has its own faculty who tailor work to individual students. Degrees are offered in two, eight-week sessions per semester and include bachelor of science degrees in business management, public administration and organizational leadership as well as a bachelor of arts in applied social sciences.
There is no word on how deep cuts could be in the entire CSU system, said CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander.
The university has cut $1.5 million in administrative spending over the past two months, implemented a hiring freeze, and is asking deans, vice presidents and vice provosts to come up with budget-cutting ideas, Bohlander said.
"It's really too early to speculate what those cuts will be," he said.
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