Twelve faculty members have received layoff notices at Minnesota State University-Mankato as part of an effort to trim the school's budget.
Most of the lay off notices went out in May, but one more was issued last week to beat an Aug. 1 union deadline for layoffs coming at the end of the next academic year.
Four tenured professors received notices, eight went out to tenure-track faculty.
Warren Sandman, associate vice president of academic affairs at MSU-Mankato, says the layoffs come as the school fears millions of dollars in cuts in state funding next legislative session.
"We are planning to make the cuts now because we can't wait until the legislature acts next year," Sandman said.
Sandman says some of the layoffs could be rescinded if MSU-Mankato's budget forecast improves.
Last week St. Cloud State University sent lay off notices to 26 tenure-track faculty members because the school expects a $13 million dollar budget shortfall next fiscal year.