Reduction in Force FAQ's

We realize that there are many questions surrounding the Reduction in Force and budgetary reductions scheduled to become effective on July 1, 2021. Please see answers to some of the frequently asked questions below.

The reductions become effective on July 1, 2021, so the spring 2021 semester remains the same. Affected staff are contracted through the spring semester. No programs or classes are being cut before that time in relation to these reductions.

Please see below for questions specifically related to the affected program or field of study:

Radiology: If you are currently a student in the Radiology program, a teach-out plan will be implemented and you will complete the program. No new students will be accepted for admission in the program.

Theatre: Students in the Theater Arts field of study can still complete their Associate of Arts degree. Some theatre classes will not be offered after the spring 2021 semester, so other electives may need to be chosen.

Music: Students in the Music field of study can still complete their Associate of Arts degree. Some music classes will not be offered after the spring 2021 semester, so other electives may need to be chosen.

Agriculture: Students in the Associate of Arts pathway can still complete their degree. Some Ag classes will not be offered after the spring 2021 semester, so other electives may need to be chosen. A teach-out plan will be enacted so students in the Associate of Applied Science or Certificate pathway can complete their degree or certificate.

Modern Foreign Languages: Students in the Modern Foreign Languages field of study can still complete their Associate of Arts degree. Some Modern and Foreign Language classes will not be offered after the spring 2021 semester, so other electives may need to be chosen.

Students can contact Student Services advisors at 573-518-2154. Or, they can contact their faculty advisor for assistance. Advisors will be reaching out to students who are impacted during the spring semester.

*Please note, MAC is closed for Holiday Break from December 21-January 1. Offices reopen on Monday, January 4.

They weren't. In spring of 2020, MAC implemented a 10% reduction of all budgets across the board, then a reduction plan was implemented that included several non-faculty personnel, student services, business office, general services, administration, athletics budgets, and more. In Fall of 2020, more reductions were needed and instructional programs were reviewed and reductions were made.

The theatre production budget will be eliminated in the budget that begins July 1, 2021, but it is not our intention for all theatrical performances to cease at MAC. We would like to see a community theatre group use the Fine Arts Theater to provide both students and community members with performance opportunities. We will be reaching out to community arts organizations and hope to find a solution that will enable community theatre to continue at MAC.

The Carol Moore Memorial Jazz Festival budget will be eliminated in the budget that begins July 1, 2021, though consideration will be given to any groups or organizations interested in opportunities to continue the festival.

Cross Country was added in 2018 and Soccer in 2019. Both programs were added prior to COVID-19 and any discussions on reductions. Both programs support themselves financially.

Annually, MAC spends nearly $100,000 on transportation. The purchase of our own bus will reduce that by 50% and pay for itself in the first year. This purchase will result in an annual savings for MAC.

Enrollment is a third of the revenue source for the college. By enrolling in courses, we are able to support more programs at MAC. Donations can be made through the MAC Foundation as well. Lastly, the state of Missouri does not adequately fund community colleges. The 12 community colleges in Missouri currently educate over 40% of all college students in the state, yet we only receive 15% of state higher education funding. Advocacy for community colleges to legislators and the governor would help as well.

No decision has been made about the greenhouse.

Our faculty policy requires that we notify faculty by January 15 if their contract will not be renewed for the next fiscal year. Administration worked through the required Reduction in Force (RIF) process with faculty throughout the fall, including a timeline of taking any RIF plans to the Board of Trustees in December. The faculty requested that if the Board of Trustees approved a RIF, notification would occur immediately instead of waiting until January.