Thread regarding DeVry Inc. layoffs

Rollins College in Orlando cutting back

Rollins College announced a 15% across the board personnel cut due to Covid-19. This applies to all departments, including open positions. Approximately 100 of the 750 employees are affected. Also the President and the leadership team are taking salary cuts.

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Thank you for the reply....as someone who's left the organization a few years back, I am still concerned about the fate of my former colleagues, many of whom I'm no longer in touch with and some whom I'd only known briefly. I had posted the earlier comment about DVU being "layoff-friendly", unfortunately, representing my last few years at the place and why I was so desparate to find a new job when I did decide to leave. The higher-ed market is tight for employees and is only going to get worse. I care about what happens to the folks I knew. Yet, if I am being 100% honest, I do still come here in part to see what's happening also as a kind of therapy to reinforce that I made the right decision in taking a pay cut and moving on elsewhere. Trying to stay objective, I do see it as one of the advantages the organization has in the post-COVID educational landscape, even if it is a difficult proposition for employees. Yet I see only additional downsizing in the future of DVU, particularly as state and other schools scale up online (as another poster mentioned). So that said, any additional (and ACCURATE) details about what kinds of positions were eliminated are interesting, provided that we have respect for the impact on those moving on.

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Post ID: @bnyn+151ca0MB

You are correct, ahjh. That posting just prior to yours was clearly clueless, with no apparent understanding about the organization and the regional impacts, hence it should be ignored. It’s probably best to simply avoid any detailed discussion of the restructure in this venue and preserve the privacy of the people involved. Those of us still within the university fully grasp how things were recently regrouped, and an objective view is that it probably makes sense. I’m sincerely sorry for all of those who were directly affected and I hope they all quickly land on their feet. I believe most of them put a lot of effort into their jobs, but our university and many others need to be very careful about the administrative overhead being carried.

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Post ID: @aqki+151ca0MB

I thought AS was the only NY/NJ President?

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Post ID: @ahjh+151ca0MB

DeVry just let go of all of its NY management. All Presidents in NY and NJ

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Colleges had been preparing for an "enrollment cliff" in 2026 due to low birth rates in 2008, but the cliff came early due to teh coronas. I am a DVU refugee (two decades worth) working for a small private college for the last four years or so, and our school is doing massive contingency planning (including staffing planning) now. It's likely that some students will opt to take a "gap year" instead of starting their college career online. I have heard guesstimates of 10-30% lower enrollements across the board. Colleges operating at tight margins will be very challenged by these lower enrollments, as they were likely counting on sustained levels of tuition income to sustain operations, including staffa and faculty salaries. One thing DVU does well (yes, that's a stretch, other than caring faculty, sorry) is work with economies of scale. Being able to "right-size" operations to match enrollment is something that's been happening for decades now at DVU. As awful as it was to have worked under the pressure of constant fear of layoffs as a faculty member, I would say from an adminstrative perspective that DVU will find adapting to the age of COVID easier than a small liberal arts college.

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Post ID: @8sxm+151ca0MB

"DeVry . . .has a robust online infrastructure in place that can probably be leveraged to navigate the current challenges in higher education"

It's hard to see how DeVry is unique in this regard, with all the other established online operators and now all the publics going online as well.

DeVry is excellent at enrolling students quickly and holding their hand through paperwork and every class, but it still comes down to quality outcomes which requires some measure of selectivity of admissions. Simply enrolling more students who do not or can not learn anything useful, find gainful employment or are there solely to game the system is not a long term success strategy.

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Post ID: @4ftg+151ca0MB

DeVry will close and combine as many sites as possible...
If campuses are still off-limits to students come September, this spring's version of remote learning won't suffice. Some colleges are preparing (quietly) to deliver better online learning at scale if needed.
https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2020/04/01/preparing-quietly-fall-semester-without-person-instruction

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Post ID: @2nym+151ca0MB

What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote coursework.
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-major-us-colleges-plan-reopen-for-fall-2020-semester-2020-5
It's extremely easy for schools to continue online in the fall and going forward. Everyone will be more prepared from the exp. in the spring. DeVry's best hope is a school buys it, the lay-offs and the lay-offs that will come in July will make DeVry a good buy for a school that wants instant success and $$$$.

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Post ID: @2gul+151ca0MB

Rollins is not alone in this. Residential colleges bring together students in classrooms, dining halls and campus housing. And there’s all the partying among the predominantly young populace. It will be telling in the coming months to see how these hallowed institutions fare if the public health crisis continues to put pressure on their bottom lines. This is not DVU’s business model. DeVry instead has a robust online infrastructure in place that can probably be leveraged to navigate the current challenges in higher education. We will see what happens.

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Post ID: @2bna+151ca0MB

A private liberal arts college. You can expect to see more of these type of reductions, and worse, among colleges fitting this classic academic profile.

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Post ID: @1boa+151ca0MB

Maybe the op thinks this could be a trend. Bet DeVry would do this in a heartbeat.

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Post ID: @frw+151ca0MB

That is very sad news and prayers going out to the employees affected by this but...how does this impact DeVry?

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