The Lansing City Pulse reported on Friday, August 15th, that Cooley is "right-sizing." According to the newspaper:
Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent, according to one. Another said the impact could be as high as 70 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed the amount, but said he did not have numbers.Thus, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which has a total faculty of 271, reports the LCP via WMUTMCLS's website, could be looking at RIF's of 135 to 190
Coupled with a 9% tuition increase this year, it becomes apparent that the law school is trying to have its cake and eat it too by apparently getting more $$$ per student (it may be that increased scholarships will cause real tuition per student to faltline, decrease, or increase slightly, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there).
Cooley Associate Dean Jim Robb (who is an alumni of Wayne State) declined to confirm any layoff numbers, and said that Cooley may not end up releasing any layoff numbers. An anonymous source in the ABA article said that the faculty who were bought out signed "non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses," so we may end up only with speculation as to the how many people got the axe.
As an aside, isn't it Cooley-esque that the professors they are buying out have to sign a "non-disparagement" clause? It is reminiscent of Cooley suing an anonymous blogger for criticizing Cooley. Gotta keep the bad press to a minimum, even if it means paying ex-professors to keep their mouths shut or to sue poor law graduates to stop complaining.
This article is fairly short, but others have already done it better, so I'll end with a couple links.
This story is a reminder that there are extreme consequences for over-enrolling, over-charging, and under-delivering.
Nando (warning, explicit images of fecal matter)