Update: Campuses To Stay Open?

According to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer today,  the board decided last night to keep all four campuses open.

The story continues that all four campuses will continue to recruit.  While this is certainly welcome news, we would like to know how, if the financial crisis was grave enough to suggest closing campuses in the first place, HUC plans on cutting costs.

The full article is available here

4 Responses to Update: Campuses To Stay Open?

  1. Grad School Alum says:

    And does this mean that both schools in Cincinnati – both the rabbinic and graduate schools – will remain open?

  2. Cole Emmet says:

    For the time being, both the rabbinic and the graduate schools will remain open. But huge faculty cuts (over a million dollars) are being imposed. what about the administration? That is a major budget line and considering how ineffective they are, why not cut them and save faculty?
    I don’t see this as being over, not by a long shot. There’s still a lot of ill-will (and that’s putting it mildly) towards Cincinnati. The tragedy is that an institution is being destroyed because of an appalling lack of leadership.

  3. Grad School Alum says:

    Here’s the official announcement sent today

    Statement by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

    June 23, 2009

    The Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has endorsed a direction for its future structure that will allow HUC-JIR to maintain its presence in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, while seeking consolidation and integration of administration, faculty, programs, and research resources. Recruitment efforts for all programs will continue, while expanding distance education/e-learning modalities will be vigorously explored so that the academic integrity and quality of the institution can be enhanced.

    Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated, “This direction calls for the unity and consolidation of our entire institution. We have been heartened by the outpouring of support and concern about the integrity and continuity of the College-Institute on the part of thousands of alumni and hundreds of Reform congregations. They have recognized the important role we play in sustaining Jewish faith, identity, and values in communities large and small throughout North America, Israel, and around the world. Through consolidation and integration, this direction enables the College-Institute to create a single institution and a single faculty, embrace new technology, and realize our vision as ‘One College.’ We will continue to work over these next months to complete a plan that achieves the targets of quality, sustainability, and presence that the Board of Governors has mandated, so that we can emerge with a more consolidated institution, strengthened through focus and integration.”

    Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors, said, “The outpouring of e-mails and letters we have received has demonstrated that our students and faculty who are serving congregations large and small throughout North America are cherished and respected, and that preserving our current sites is crucial to the strength and well-being of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Reform Movement as a whole. We are working to maintain HUC-JIR in a way that minimizes duplication, maximizes synergy, and achieves financial stability. This is not an easy task and over the summer we will work with faculty, students, and various constituencies to achieve these goals.”

    The Administration and Board of Governors leadership has committed to continuing consultation with the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and various partner academic institutions to identify shared opportunities for efficiency and economy. The results of these consultations will be presented to the Board of Governors at its Fall meeting.

  4. An alumn says:

    As a side note, Naama Kelman, Dean of the Jerusalem campus [in a completely unrelated article] is being quoted in today’s Jerusalem Post as saying the incoming class has 33 students. If memory serves, this is the smallest class in a very long time.

    Let’s do the math. If the class has 10 less than last year, that’s 10 x 5 years x $19k per year (new tuition for those not current). A cool $1m. more added to the projected budget deficit.

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