St. Cloud State starting layoffs

St. Cloud State has begun its attempt to cut as many as 90 probationary (tenure-track) faculty by sending out layoff notices to 26, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The notices are a sort of early warning to the 26, and are not a final dismissal.

Those 26 represent just over $2 million in payroll, and the university faces a 2012 fiscal year deficit of $13.7 million. St. Cloud State says it’s trying to save money by not replacing some retiring faculty members and by offering early retirement to others.

For a broader view of state university cuts as well as St. Cloud’s situation, read this previous piece by MPR’s Tim Post.