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Downsizing to Stay Afloat at College of St. Benedict

Does the future outlook for Catholic higher education, at least at those colleges and universities that have compromised their distinctive Catholic identity, include shrinking enrollments?

The all-women’s College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota is astonishing observers with its desperate plan to stay financially viable, according to Inside Higher Education.  While other colleges are offering tuition incentives to increase enrollments, the College of Saint Benedict is slowly but deliberately reducing the size of its student body to increase the portion of paying students and increase selectivity in its admissions process.

Since 2008, enrollment has reportedly declined three percent, and net revenue per student has jumped 14 percent.

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