Statement on CCAD budget reductions

Jun 1, 2020

Statement on CCAD budget reductions

Columbus College of Art & Design announced today it is initiating $2.5 million in reductions for the upcoming fiscal year to prepare for anticipated lower enrollment in the fall as a result of the dual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. The college is immediately taking measures to reduce expenses and cut its operating budget in the next fiscal year to be in a better position for the future.

Describing the decision as difficult but fiscally responsible, CCAD President Melanie Corn said the plan focuses on reducing salary expenditures—the largest part of the college’s operating expense—to offset projected losses for the upcoming fiscal year. This action will reduce the size of non-teaching staff by 35 positions, which includes laying off 24 current staff members. Additional actions include reductions in pay for senior leadership and cuts to the college operating budgets. However, with student education and health and safety as top priorities, the college is limiting the impact on the academic experience.


About Columbus College of Art & Design 
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information on CCAD, visit For more information on CCAD’s MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects, visit


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