YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Eastern Michigan University's College of Education says it's laying off most of its full-time lecturers because student enrollment has been declining.
The Ann Arbor News reports the Ypsilanti school says it issued notices to eight lecturers. Members of the EMU Federation of Teachers union, however, say the number of notices for full-time lecturers totaled 10 of the 11 jobs.
Dean of education Jann Joseph says enrollment is to blame.
In 2009, more than 4,600 undergraduates and graduates were enrolled in the education school, taking more than 57,000 credit hours. Last year about 4,100 enrollees had less than 49,000 credit hours. This year, the school is tracking at about 41,000 credit hours.
On Tuesday, EMU lecturers gathered more than 250 petition signatures from people dissatisfied with the layoffs.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)