Grimes: Layoffs, furloughs and paycuts coming
Cuts aimed at helping school address financial challenges, SACS probation
Bethune-Cookman University has faced some adversity regarding financial stability and other
issues on its campus. In June 2018 Cookman was placed on probation by the Board of trustees
of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for
failing to comply with SACSCOC core requirements and standards. Since this process, students
as well as alumni have responded. Students have held student protest, SGA meetings and
more, helping students to gain a better understanding of what's going on with the university.
In order to surpass the probation B-CU's staff and administrators have to complete a
course of action to ensure the schools progression. President Hubert L. Grimes has presented
the university with a list of course of action including a perscice new presidential search,
accurate and resourceful information regarding the probation, monthly updates and more.
Various emails are sent out about the progress the university is making and any changes that
have to be made, as well as direct information about SASCOC guidelines overall.
President Grimes issued a letter to all university employees, stating that all employees will
be placed on unpaid furlough for the period of spring break 2019. The letter also states that
certain job responsibilities will be adjusted and guidelines will be established for all positions,
resulting in elimination for some positions. "This reduction is one of the first major actions I
believe is an essential step toward addressing the University's financial status in these
challenging economic times," says Grimes.
After the letter was issued to B-CU employees, president Grimes issued out a a video on
the steps that are being taken to solve this issues amongst B-CU. In the video Grimes
mentioned reduced personnel costs and the reorganization of key positions. All B-CU
employees have been affected by this change and some feel it's needed.
"Even though this is affecting me directly, because of various circumstances, these pay
cuts are necessary at this point in time" says Christopher Shaw, TV studio manager.
Many changes are being made at B-CU to pass up probation with SACSCOC. Many of
those changes aren't as popular as others, but have already been put in action. To ensure a
clean slate with the probation, consistent changes have to be implemented and resourceful.
By Sarita Mason