MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Bethel University announced this week that it will cut administrative staff and faculty in order to deal with declining student enrollment.
In a statement Tuesday, the Arden Hills-based Christian college says that staff cuts will be announced next month and that faculty cuts will be made public in April.READ MORE: Body Found In Wyoming 'Consistent With The Description' Of Gabby Petito (CBS News)
Affected faculty will stay on until the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, the university says. Teach-out programs will be offered for students affected by the curriculum changes. Bethel did not say which departments would be affected by the cuts.READ MORE: 11 Injured, 3 Critically, In 7 Weekend Shootings In Minneapolis
Following the shakeup, the college plans to invest in new programs.
“These changes, while painful, are a necessary part of our work to ensure Bethel will thrive well into the future,” said Deb Harless, the university’s executive vice president and provost, in a statement. “By investing in new programs and initiatives and reducing our operating costs, we will create a sustainable path forward that will equip our faculty, staff, and students for success.”MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: Hot And Humid Day Across State; Twin Cities Could Hit 90
Bethel says it’s among many colleges across the nation facing financial difficulty due to the declining undergraduate enrollment numbers.