Students and faculty at Mitchell College are reeling from the unexpected news that seven professors - 20 percent of the full-time faculty - will lose their jobs at the end of the semester.
"It's Mitchell College. They're taking away from the college part. They're cutting from education and that's what the school is for," Russell Sylvia, a junior at the school, said Monday.
Both the sport and fitness management and early childhood education departments will be cut in half since two of the four professors in each area were let go.
College President Mary Ellen Jukoski said the layoffs announced last week were due to the fact that 720 full-time students enrolled this fall when the college expected 760. The union contract states when the college does a "reduction in force," the newest faculty member is the first to be laid off, she added.