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Texas Woman’s University is offering a Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) to eligible tenured faculty. The program is designed to provide the flexibility to reallocate resources to meet the university’s strategic academic goals. It is not a cost reduction plan.

TWU has experienced the good fortune of unprecedented enrollment growth over the past 10 years, 66.7 percent from 2000 - 2010. Growth calls for planning and the need to realign and perhaps grow instructional capacity among the disciplines. The University is in the initial stages of academic planning to determine:

  1. Those academic disciplines where growth has outdistanced existing instructional capacity,
  2. Those academic disciplines where opportunity for additional growth potential exists, and
  3. New, innovative programs that will ensure the relevance and success of TWU’s academic programs for 2020 and beyond.

Any funds realized through the Voluntary Separation Program will be used to support the university’s growth, both in size and in quality.

The criteria for selection for participation in the Voluntary Separation Program are:

  • Employed full-time
  • Employed for at least 15 years at TWU,
  • Employed in a tenured faculty position, and
  • Meet the rule of 90 (combination of age and service).

In consideration for voluntary separation, tenured faculty, who qualify and are selected, will be paid a lump sum equal to one (1) year’s base salary, with the only deductions being federal and state taxes, as required by law.

The timeline for implementation of the Voluntary Separation Plan is:

September 1, 2011

Program formally announced and application period starts.

October 14, 2011

Application period ends at noon on this date.

November 18, 2011

Employees accepted in the program are notified.
Individual Separation Agreements are mailed.

January 3, 2012

Last date for accepted applicants to return Separation Agreement.

January 15, 2012

Separation date.

March 1, 2012

Incentive payment made within 45 days of separation date.

Approximately 45 tenured faculty members potentially meet the criteria for the Voluntary Separation Plan. This document is a summary sheet. If you have questions, please contact the VSP Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources.

If you have received a "Potentially Eligible" letter, or if you are faculty & staff and would like additional information, please click here.

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