UTB/TSC split means more than 230 layoffs

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 3:50pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 9:19am

It's Splitsville for the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. And with that split - more than 230 staff and faculty layoffs.

One laid off UTB employee, who wants to remain anonymous, tells us she's disappointed.

"A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into teaching here, and it's just sad that they would, do this after so many years. Some people have 40 years here."

We also caught up with a student whose family is directly affected by the cuts.

"My father's been a history professor here for a very long time. Um, he's had a very strong relationship with the school. Um, and uh, this was sort of a shock to everybody involved."

Laid off faculty members tell us UTB is raising their standards for both professors and students.

"Walking along these pathways with significantly less students might become somewhat of an idiosyncrasy for UTB. School officials say that since UTB is instituting admission standards, here will undoubtedly be a decrease in enrollment."

This split means a lot of faculty and staff are applying at TSC, but others are choosing retirement or other options.

"He's been at UTB/TSC a very long time and he sort of wants to go through phase retirement and be known as a UTB/TSC professor, so I think that was his choice. That gave him that, or be cut so it was pretty, you know, a pretty harsh sort of ultimatum."

"You have to realize that they're in their 60s and there's no way they're gonna be picked up by another institution."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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