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EDMC to lay off 115 more faculty and staff at Art Institute campuses

Education Management Corp. has cut 115 positions from its Art Institute campuses, including 10 in Pittsburgh, as the operator of for-profit colleges adjusts to declining enrollment and revenue.

Faculty and staff at most of the 51 Art Institutes were affected, resulting in a handful of jobs lost at each school, EDMC spokesman Chris Hardman said.

“As our schools and the sector experience shifts in market demand, staffing must be adjusted accordingly,” Hardman said Thursday.

The layoffs occur just weeks after the Downtown-based company announced the appointment of Mark McEachen as its chief executive and five months after EDMC said it would close 15 Art Institute campuses in the next few years, affecting 1,200 jobs. Some, though not all, of the layoffs this week were on campuses slated for closure, Hardman said.

EDMC has had numerous rounds of staff cuts as it adjusts to falling demand from students. Enrollment at its four college brands — the Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University — has fallen 29 percent since 2010.

In June, EDMC said it would slash 300 jobs across the company, including 70 in Pittsburgh.

Chris Fleisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7854 or

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