BELLINGHAM, WASH. (Oct. 14, 2 p.m. ET) — The engineering technology department at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., faces a staff reduction representing 33 percent of the department's faculty.
“We are trying to work out how to cover everything we need with three less faculty” members, said Todd Morton, department chairman.
Morton oversees seven programs including plastics engineering technology with 91 majors, plastics-related vehicle engineering technology with 19 majors and other concentrations focusing on engineering, manufacturing, industrial design and vehicle design-fabrication.
“Once we get our plan together, we will be able to make a statement and change admission requirements to allow everyone to apply” for the programs without unexpected new requirements. Morton anticipates disclosing details not later than Oct. 21.
A page 3 article in the Oct. 7 WWU student newspaper Western Front carried the headline “Plastics engineering major threatened,” but Morton said Oct. 11 that the article drew premature speculative conclusions.