UNITY – Unity College recently laid off 33 people of its 185 employees and furloughed another 20 on Monday.
According to the president of Unity College, there was a major decline in the residential program and the layoff wasn’t easy at all.
“One layoff in my opinion is one layoff too many. However, the economic situation has forced us to make a really tough decision,” said Melik Khoury, president of Unity College.
Stephanie Meyer, a Unity alumna, started a GoFundMe page Tuesday to help the faculty and staff who were directly affected by these changes. As of Thursday evening, the fundraiser has raised just over $5,000.
“To see them treated so callously after they gave everything, we really couldn’t stand the idea of not giving something back to them,” said Stephanie Meyer.
The environmental school will transition to a hybrid learning model, offering remote learning in the upcoming school year. Khoury said students will be given the option to have a flexible calendar, affordable tuition, shorter terms and a wide range of courses.
“The new hybrid is supposed to replace a model that really only worked in a time where people can afford to put their lives on hold for 4 years at a time, or by institutions who are heavily subsidized or have large endowments, said Khoury.
This announcement received criticism on Facebook. Many commented on the disappointment of the loss of Unity’s hands-on learning experience.
Khoury said Thursday Unity College was set to have its largest enrollment in history this semester.