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.

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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.

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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.”

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Bethel says it’s among many colleges across the nation facing financial difficulty due to the declining undergraduate enrollment numbers.