Warren Wilson Echo: College faces fiscal dilemma

Here’s an excerpt from the Warren Wilson College student paper, the Warren Wilson Echo:

Anonymous Employee Leaks E-Mail Regarding Tuition Increase, Retirement Contributions Reduction and Work Contracts

Four days before the onset of the Spring 2014 semester, an email transcript from President Steven Solnick regarding the 2014-15 budget cuts appeared anonymously on the Facebook page “Confessions of an Owl.” The letter, addressed to Warren Wilson faculty and staff on January 15, detailed Warren Wilson’s current student enrollment, the financial dilemma of the school, and the administration’s plans to return Warren Wilson to fiscal health, a plan which includes increasing both tuition and room and board, modifying salaries and retirement contributions of staff and faculty, and reducing student work contracts.

Three days earlier, Solnick had sent a shorter email to students, informing them of next year’s tuition increases of 4.5% and room and board increases of 5.5%. The email he sent to faculty and staff voiced more extensively the financial difficulties the college is facing that are the reason behind the tuition increase, as well as several other measures Warren Wilson will be taking to manage the college’s debt.


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