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Geneva slashing faculty and programs in 5 percent budget cut

| Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 6:33 p.m.

Trustees at Geneva College announced a 5 percent budget cut Tuesday.

The move comes just nine months after officials at the Beaver Falls college announced they would freeze undergraduate tuition at the 2013-14 rate of $25,200 this year. Officials said the budget cut advances Geneva's commitment to student affordability.

“Today's actions are one more step in this commitment,” Geneva President Ken Smith said.

The budget reduction will include staff reductions and program eliminations at Geneva, which enrolls about 1,650 students.

Geneva will eliminate three faculty positions at the end of the 2014-15 year as part of the spending cut and furlough another 11 staff members at various dates throughout the year.

Programs slated for elimination include graduate programs in special education and reading; the graduate and undergraduate program in cardiovascular sciences; and undergraduate majors in music performance and biblical languages. The college also will discontinue the Semester in Rome program after the 2014-2015 school year and will offer the adult degree Christian ministries program in a face-to-face classroom format only.

Meanwhile, Geneva officials new programs will be launched in criminal justice and biomedical engineering.

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