ALBANY, GA (WALB) - ASU President Art Dunning announced on Tuesday that 24 faculty positions have been eliminated at the school.
He attributed the elimination to the several years of decreases in enrollment at the institution, stating that when enrollment decreases revenue also decreases.
"This has been a challenging decision. However, it is important that we have the right number of people and resources to meet the university's goals and priorities," Dunning said. "Those affected by the reduction play a significant role in creating a holistic learning environment that empowers students to be successful. We are grateful for their service and commitment."
Albany State students expressed concerns after the university announced plans to not renew the two dozen faculty contracts.
The campus Student Government Association (SGA) President Andrew Armour said he lost a professor during the layoffs in September, where the university eliminated 80 positions, of which 48 were filled.
Students were shocked that the school didn't notify them.
"Students did not get the first notice of this happening, so this is some news that we had to deal with the fall semester that we have to deal with again spring semester. And you know I just want everyone to have an understanding of actually what is going on," said ASU SGA former President Maya Palmer.
While others felt this was a detriment to students who have built great relationships with their professors.
"This is something that's definitely concerning myself as well as the student body. Because a lot of students have good relationships with our professor that we have now, and to come back to find out that they will no longer be with us is heartbreaking for some of the students," explained Armour.
Those 24 faculty members were given a non-renewal notice according to a release from the university. Their employment with ASU will end May 30, 2018.
A statement from the university said they are working to hire professionals who are helping to improve the recruitment, admissions and student advising processes.
A similar cut was made ahead of the consolidation of ASU and Darton College in September.
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