... and I understand both sides of this problem...
Colleges are eliminating smaller "programs" -- like the 1 person Classics department.
For 22 years this guy has been the only person in the Classics "department". He describes teaching a 4/4 load -- that is mostly small classes... His upper-division classes are considered to have healthy enrollments at 5-7 students.
5-7 students in a CLASS.
He also says that he teaches one section of French.
So (this is all speculation) -- he gets paid about what I do -- for teaching in the neighborhood of 50 students. Tht estimate may be high, because it includes the assumption that his French class has 30... which it may well not...
He has a 4/4 load, so it's likely that there isn't much of a research obligation.
I have 50 students in ONE class. This semester I have 4 classes and 190 students (plus a release for being department chair...).
I also think that -- in the last 22 years -- he could have worked to increase the size of his department. I say that, as the 2nd full-time faculty member hired at BNCC. Wise Woman was #1 -- with a bunch of adjuncts, I was #2, 7 years ago. Together we advocated for two more hires... and it worked.
So -- while I think cutting Classics isn't a good idea -- I also think that he had it pretty cozy for a long time and didn't want to change... until it was too late and the college/economy changed under him.