Drury to cut 12 jobs because of lower enrollment
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Drury University has announced plans to cut a dozen jobs amid lower student enrollments.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Drury officials told 12 faculty members last week they're losing their jobs. Five of the faculty members will be let go in May.
Three of those are employed full time. The other seven, all full time, will only have contracts through the end of the 2016-17 year. Three faculty members will also be assigned to other roles in the university.
Drury spokesman Mike Brothers says the faculty members involved teach in architecture, theater, philosophy, music, education and languages.
Brothers says the cuts were the direct result of fewer students enrolling in Drury's traditional, undergraduate "day school," dropping from 1,454 students a year ago to 1,315 this year.