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Drury: Workforce Reduction Results From Economy, Enrollment Reduction

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Since 2010, Drury University has seen an average annual decline in enrollment of six percent per year, causing the school to lose 35 positions.
“To maintain the quality of the educational experience for students, control tuition costs and position the school for long term health,” says Manuel. “Difficult decisions had to be made.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Since 2010, Drury University has seen an average annual decline in enrollment of six percent per year, causing the school to lose 35 positions.

According to a statement from Drury president Dr. David Manuel, the 35 positions are comprised of position eliminations, retirements, consolidations and vacancies left unfiled.

Position elimination in that number was comprised of fewer than 10 employees, says Manuel.

In 2010, Drury reached a record enrollment of 5,625 students. That number represents the total number of students in the traditional Day School, the adult evening program, including online, and graduate programs, according to Manuel.

Since then, Drury has experienced an average annual decline in enrollment of six percent per year.

“To maintain the quality of the educational experience for students, control tuition costs and position the school for long term health,” says Manuel. “Difficult decisions had to be made.”

According to Manuel, enrollments have dropped for a number of reasons.

“An improving economy, while a good thing, often leads to a reduction in the number of people seeking graduate degrees and continuing education,” says Manuel in the statement. “Those reductions in enrollment follow a national trend.”

Another reason for the decline in enrollment may be due to the percentage of high school graduates in Missouri.

According to Manuel, Missouri has seen a six percent decline in high school graduates since 2010.

“That downward trend in college-age Missourians has had an impact on Drury’s enrollment since about 75 percent of Drury’s traditional Day School students come from Missouri,” says Manuel.

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