VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Valparaiso University's law school is offering tenured professors and other faculty members with multi-year contracts buyouts due to the nationwide trend of sharp declines in student applications and enrollment.
The (Munster) Times reports Valparaiso University is not alone in seeing a post-recession drop in enrollment. The University of Notre Dame and Indiana University law schools also have seen their class sizes shrink.
Andrea Lyon, dean of Valparaiso University's law school, said there are 36 full-time faculty members and the school hasn't yet set a target number for the number of professors it hopes will accept the buyouts.
Lyon says enrollment in the law school has been going down and the school has been more selective from a smaller pool of applicants.