Much discussion has taken place over the last 24 hours about the University's decision to layoff eight full-time lecturers in the College of Education. The notices were provided to the eight employees on December 10, 2013, and are effective at the end of their appointments, August 31, 2014.
Over the past nine years, enrollment in the College of Education has declined by more than 1,400 students, from 4,697 in 2005 to 3,214 in 2013 – as students transition from pursuing teaching degrees to degrees in other fields, such as the sciences, health, business, arts and technology. This trend is being echoed at education programs throughout the state and nation.
As evidence of the university's responsiveness to enrollment trends, we are adding full-time lecturers where there has been growth. We hired 12 new full-time lecturers in fall 2013 to teach in programs across the university and plan to hire another 10 full-time lecturers in fall 2014. The eight full-time lecturers in the College of Education are eligible to be recalled and can apply for the new positions if they meet qualifications.
We are being responsive to our enrollment trends in order to continue to maintain the high quality of EMU's nationally recognized teaching program while exercising responsible budget management and cost containment.
We have great respect for all of our full-time lecturers and it is always a difficult decision to inform quality, valued personnel that their appointments are ending. However, we must consider the enrollment trends that are affecting education programs at universities throughout the state and nation.