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Workforce Reduction

Institutional Realignment Plan (IRP)

The Institutional Realignment Plan (IRP) was established to eliminate an estimated $18 million, FY 24 structural deficit at UWO. The goal of this plan is to ensure the continued financial viability of UWO through approximately $18 million of targeted cost reductions to help stabilize, reshape and realize a more durable UWO.

The Voluntary Retirement Incentive Options Program (VRIOP), furloughs and a reduction in workforce are the three primary components of the IRP.

Approximately 90% of our institutional expenses are related to employee payroll. The IRP must include a focus on reducing workforce costs.

The guiding principle of this plan is to prioritize our educational mission, shield the quality of the student experience and support employees through separations from UWO.

Institutional Realignment Plan

Learn more about UWO's plan to realign the institution.

Administrative Workforce Planning Workshop

An Administrative Workforce Planning Workshop occurred in early September to form a proposed layoff plan and decision-making framework. Human resources, budget professionals, a third-party consultant (contracted and funded by UW System) and UWO subject matter experts with first-hand knowledge and expertise in operational areas participated in the Workshop.

Key components/considerations included risk mitigation, adverse impact analysis, benchmarking data, assessments of units’ contributions to UWO’s core educational mission, role and skill assessments of employees and opportunities to realize efficiencies through reorganization and outsourcing.

Three primary criteria (as defined per UWS Policy 1232) were used when making final recommendations.

  • Needs of institution to deliver services.
  • Relative skills, knowledge, or expertise of employees.
  • Length of service to the classification, department and/or the University.


UWO Human Resources
(920) 424-1166


All employees will be given a three-month notification prior to the layoff effective date. This will be a shorter notice period than what is established for some Academic Staff employees, however, UWO’s budget deficit posture compels the institution to require less notice time than what is provisioned, pursuant to UWS 12.03 The below table outlines the timeline of upcoming events and will be updated as needed. 


October 16, 2023 (Morning)  Managers notified that a layoff(s) will be occurring in their unit. Resources provided to managers to help support both those impacted by layoffs and those that will be remaining within their units. 
October 16, 2023 (Before 5:00pm)  Initial notification will be sent to impacted employees inviting them to meet with Human Resources. Supervisors will be copied on this communication.  
October 18 – 20, 2023  Impacted employees will have 1:1 meeting with HR Representative to discuss layoff and resources available. 
October 20, 2023 (Before 5:00pm)  Impacted employees receive official layoff notification letter via email. 
October 23 – January 19, 2024  Impacted employees have the option to use accrued paid leave (vacation, paid leave bank, or personal/floating holidays) if they choose or continue reporting to work to assist with transition of responsibilities within unit/division. UWO may require employees selected for layoff to use accrued leave during this time. 
October 26 & November 8, 2023  Benefits Sessions hosted by UWSS Benefits addressing benefits impacts and options available to impacted employees.  

November 2 & November 8, 2023 


Rapid Response Events hosted by the Department of Workforce Development covering topics like Unemployment Insurance, Dislocated Worker Program, etc.  
October 24 – December 5, 2023  Employee Assistance Program is hosting several Online Webinars throughout these dates to help support impacted employees through the transition 
January 20, 2024  Layoff Effective Date 
January 31, 2024  Deadline for impacted employees to indicate interest in Priority Placement & Opportunity Program 


Employee Separation Resources

The Office of Human Resources & Workforce Diversity has created a webpage that contains resources for the employees at UW Oshkosh who are impacted by layoffs. The resources are intended to provide additional information in many different areas, such as navigating unemployment insurance, EAP Resources, information on benefits impacts, and getting support securing a new job opportunity. It also contains dates and times for various training and information sessions that will be offered to those impacted

Position Control Moving Forward


Position Accountability and Integrity Review (PAIR)

UW Oshkosh will be reopening the ability to fill positions through the recruitment process. There will, however, be additional controls in place to ensure the university stays accountable to the Institutional Realignment Plan (IRP) that was implemented to address the $18M structural deficit. These additional controls, referred to as the Position Accountability and Integrity Review (PAIR), will ensure the university realizes the permanent salary savings identified through the IRP.  


UW Oshkosh Priority Placement & Opportunity Program (PPOP)

Through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Priority Placement and Opportunity Program, eligible employees who have received notice of layoff or have otherwise been terminated due to budget or program decisions, are provided the opportunity to apply for non-instructional vacancies at UW-Oshkosh before they become available to the public. This program’s purpose is to provide priority placement, in accordance with UW-System and local policy, and to provide the opportunity to fill vacancies and retain the current talent on campus. Employees will have the opportunity to opt-in to the program from the time of invite following layoff notifications until January 31, 2024. Impacted employees who are interested in further employment with UWO are encouraged to opt-in and submit their application as soon as possible because openings that do come up in the coming weeks will be sent to those who have opted into the program for first consideration. 

For further information about this program and how UW-Oshkosh’s recruitment process will change to adapt to it please review the Standard Operating Procedures – Priority Placement & Opportunity Program (PPOP).  


Overview of Steps in the Priority Placement & Opportunity Process

Hiring ManagerPPOP ApplicantHRWD
Step 1Submit new job requisition in PageUp (normal approval process applies)Applies to the initial PPOP pool using the PageUp link supplied by HRWDReviews PPOP applicants for eligibility for program.
Step 2Notified by HRWD if anyone eligible for reappointment rights in PPOP pool.

If no reappointment rights apply, position will move to PPOP posting.
If reappointment rights apply, receive offer for reappointment from HRWD. Accept or deny offer. If offer is denied, candidate will be ineligible for future PPOP offerings.

If no reappointment rights apply, move to step 3.
For new approved job reqs, First, rights to reappointment will be reviewed. If reappointment rights apply, consult with Hiring Manager to discuss reappointment details.

If no reappointment rights (or offer of reappointment is declined) then share the link to apply with PPOP pool.
Step 3If interested and qualified, applied to the job req in PageUp within the 10-day deadline
Step 4Review PPOP applicant pool after 10 days. Share qualified applicant pool with Hiring Manager for priority consideration.
Step 5Go through the review and interview process of qualified candidates in the priority consideration pool.Selected candidates participate in interview process.Schedule and participate in interviews and candidate review with Hiring Manager.
Step 6In consultation with HRWD, identify finalists and document rationale for candidate selection.In consultation with Hiring Manager, review finalist and documented rationale for candidate selection.

If finalist is identified, proceed with offer card process in PageUp. Once approved, extend offer to candidate.
Step 7Accept or deny offer. If offer is denied, candidate will be ineligible for future PPOP offerings.Update eligibility in PageUp based on offer status.
Step 8If selected candidate denies offer, review other qualified PPOP candidates and make alternative finalist selection, if possible.If selected candidate denies offer, review other qualified PPOP candidates. If alternative finalist is selected make offer. If no alternative qualified candidates exist, position moves to external recruitment.

Frequently Asked Questions – Priority Placement & Opportunity Program (PPOP)

When do reappointment rights begin?  

Reappointment rights begin once the layoffs have taken effect. This means positions will begin to be assessed for reappointment rights beginning on 1/20/2024. 

Which Employees are eligible for PPOP? 

The following individuals are eligible for PPOP:

  • Employees who received written notice of layoff or termination due to budget or program decisions from HRWD
  • IAS whose names were provided to HRWD by Provost & Deans


The following individuals are NOT eligible for PPOP:

  • University Staff Temporary or Limited Term Employees (LTE)
  • IAS whose names were NOT given to HRWD by Provost & Deans

What makes an individual lose their PPOP status?  

Priority Placement and Opportunity Program eligibility will be withdrawn after three years or if an individual:

  • Receives notice that their layoff has been rescinded prior to 1/20/2024.
  • Resigns, retires, or otherwise separates from employment at UW Oshkosh prior to 1/20/2024.
  • Is reappointed to the position from which they were laid off.
  • Accepts an alternative continuing appointment within UW System.
  • Declines to accept a formal offer of an appropriate alternative appointment with UW Oshkosh.
  • Fails to opt-in annually to the PPOP by submitting their application with current address, employment status, and indicate desire to remain in layoff status.

I applied to PPOP, what happens next? 

Your application will be screened to determine initial program eligibility. Once you are deemed eligible, all notifications will be sent to the applicant email address that you used to sign up for the program under your applicant profile. You will be sent notices for postings that you will have 10 days to apply to, you will also be sent updates on your status for each application you submit, including any invitations to schedule interviews, accept offers, etc. Everything will be communicated through your email and your applicant portal. Please be sure to check both frequently! 

How do I opt-in to the PPOP Program? 

Eligible individuals received a Direct Link to apply to PPOP from HRWD. ​ These individuals need to complete the PPOP application form and upload a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications by January 31, 2024.​ Please make note that we encourage folx to opt-in now to receive current job announcements that are going out! If you are not opt-ed in with a complete application, you will not receive the current vacancy announcements.

How do I know which jobs I should apply for through PPOP?  

You only need to apply for jobs that you are interested in. If you are not interested in a position for which a vacancy announcement is sent to you, you have no obligation to apply for it. Not applying for a vacancy will not impact your continued eligibility for the program.

I applied for a posting through PPOP but am no longer interested. What do I do?  

If at any time the individual is no longer interested in being considered for the position, and a formal offer has not been made to that individual, they may withdraw their application for that position. Withdrawing an application before an offer has been extended to the individual does not affect layoff status and/or the option to participate in the Priority Placement and Opportunity Program. ​

If a formal offer is extended for a position that is at an equivalent or greater FTE to the position they were laid off from, and the individual declines the offer this will forfeit the individual’s eligibility as an applicant in the PPOP.

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