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A declining enrollment has led Drury University to eliminate 35 jobs, about 10 of which came from layoffs.
The Springfield school said in a news release that the rest of the jobs were eliminated by not filling vacancies, as well as through retirements and consolidations.
Officials with the school declined to speak further on the layoffs, referring to the release. But Mark Miller, associate director of marketing and communications with Drury, says that about 75 percent of the school’s traditional day-school students are from Missouri, and that there’s been a decline in the state’s high school graduates in recent years. Miller also cited lower Missouri high school graduate projections from www.wiche.edu for the next several years, after peaking three years ago.
The release states that “An improving economy, while a good thing, often leads to a reduction in the number of people seeking graduate degrees and continuing education. Those reductions in enrollment follow a national trend.”
Drury reached a record enrollment of 5,625 students in 2010. Since then, the school has experienced an average annual decline in enrollment of six percent.
The statement when on to read, “Drury has a great deal of sympathy for the members of the Drury Community who have been impacted by these workforce reductions. However, to maintain the quality of the educational experience for students, control tuition costs and position the university for long-term health, difficult decisions had to be made.”