The above-the-fold headline of an article on the front page of this morning's Herald.
The cutback is the largest of any employer in the state since the medical school's campus neighbor, Jackson [Memorial Hospital], announced 920 layoffs in February.
-from the article, but read all of it.
What appears to be happening is that a bloated institution, under pressure from reduced government subsidies, is taking a good look at itself with the help of outside consultants and a new chief operating officer.
More from the article:
Some critics have long warned about looming disaster at the medical
school. Last October, car dealer Norman Braman, a long-time UM trustee
who has donated more than $5 million to the university, wrote a scathing
letter to Leonard Abess, chairman of the board, complaining that
“poorly conceived decisions by the medical school administration have
put the university at significant risk. ... In the ‘for profit’ world,
administrators would have already been fired for repeatedly failing to
perform according to stated goals. Unfortunately, this is not the case
at UM where people are instead given bonuses and raises as the
university gets weaker and weaker.”
(Norman Braman, whom I have not yet had the honor to meet, is one of God's signal blessings on our community. Wiki has a very inadequate article on him.)