Arizona State to Lay Off 200 Faculty Members

Some classes may increase dramatically in size, like lectures rising from 300 to 1,000 students.

Students walk to and from classes on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona State University announced it will lay off 200 or more faculty associates and will most likely increase some class sizes, from about 300 to 1,000 students, for example, the Arizona Republic reports. ASU currently employs 991 "faculty associates," employees who often work part time and are neither tenured nor tenure track.

At one ASU campus, walls have already been removed in some buildings to accommodate larger classes. ASU expects $25 million or more in additional state budget cuts (on top of the $30 million already made), which is the largest amount of the state's various public universities.

Officials did not announce which departments would see the greatest reductions.