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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

University Of Akron Excludes Law School ('Strategic Investment Area') From Buy-Outs Offered To 47% Of Faculty, University of Akron Offers Buy-Out to 47 Percent of Faculty:

The University of Akron offered a buy-out to about 47 percent of faculty on Monday in an effort to balance its budget.

Taking a “voluntary separation or retirement" offer would pay a faculty member 100 percent of 2019-20 base pay, split into two installments. The employee would leave the university on May 31, 2020. The first payment would come on July 2020, the second in January of 2021.

The offer is to full-time permanent (non-visiting) faculty who are not in what the university calls a “Strategic Investment Area.” No law school, polymer science, or engineering faculty can take the offer. UA spokesman Wayne Hill wrote in an email about 47 percent of faculty, or 340 people, are eligible. ...

The offer is the latest attempt to slim UA’s budget. The university expects it needs to make about $15 million in cuts.

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To Ted Schielman: One more point. The proposal will count the number of citations in other reviews for an article. But the most important articles I read in my career were not ones I responded to by writing an article and citing the one I thought important. It was reading and using the ideas of analysis of the article. Thus, the proposal does not use SSRN Author Reports. For example, a friend of mine at another law school has just received this summary: 1,300 Total Downloads
150 Downloads in the Last 12 Months.
I think it fair to say that her article, not cited in any law review article elsewhere, had an impressive readership, and undoubtedly was used by some of those readers in subsequent classes.

Ralph Brill

Posted by: Ralph Brill | Mar 20, 2019 1:31:11 PM