Drury Eliminates 35 Jobs as Enrollment Dips
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Drury University is eliminating 35 jobs as enrollment dips at the private Springfield school.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that fewer than 10 employees will be laid off. The rest of the jobs will be eliminated through retirements, consolidations and leaving vacancies unfilled.
Drury reached a record enrollment of 5,625 students in 2010. Since then, Drury has experienced an average annual decline in enrollment of 6 percent per year.
President David Manuel said in a news release that the improving economy is leading fewer people to seek graduate degrees and continuing education. The trend is a national one. Manuel also noted that Missouri has seen a 6 percent decline in high school graduates since 2010.