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EMU says Lecturer Layoffs Enrollment Driven

Feb 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University says it had to lay off a number of full-time lecturers in its College of Education due to declining enrollment. 

Pam Olech and six fellow full-time lecturers in her department are being laid off effective at the end of August. 

She says she worries about the quality of student teacher supervision if she and her colleagues are not recalled, and hates to see the university lose the relationships the College of Education has with areas school districts.

EMU President Susan Martin Wednesday night sent an e-mail to the campus community explaining that the university wants to maintain the high quality of the College of Education while wisely managing its budget and containing costs. 

Martin says EMU is hiring more full-time lecturers in areas where there's been enrollment growth.