MUNCIE — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted leaders at Ball State University in Muncie to cut 38 filled positions.
According to a statement released by the university on Monday, the university was able to balance its budget for fiscal year 2020-21 through a combination of prudent planning and with better than projected enrollment and retention. It also came with the job cuts.
"Due to $10 million reduction in state appropriations, the University [chose] to make some difficult decision," the university's statement read. "The most difficult decision was to eliminate 38 filled positions. While difficult, that decision affected only approximately 1 percent of our employee base."
The university also said Ball State was able to maintain another year with the second-lowest tuition rate increase among public universities in the state.
"We chose not to shift the burden of this temporary financial challenge onto our students and their families," the statement read.
The university said it will continue to provide students with "the outstanding educational experience they value."