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Marquette Univ. Laying Off Many Employees to Minimize Spending, Tuition Increases

Marquette University recently announced that the jobs of 25 non-faculty employees are being cut and dozens of other open positions will not be filled, according to Inside Higher Ed.

In all, more than 100 jobs at the Jesuit University in Milwaukee, Wis., are expected to be dropped in an attempt to minimize tuition increases and spending.

This news comes on the heels of similar announcements at two other Jesuit institutions.

Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, is suffering such a severe budgetary shortfall that it announced it was laying off 31 employees and not seeking to fill 20 other vacant jobs. Those 51 jobs reportedly represent about 5% of the jobs at the Jesuit University.

Loyola University New Orleans saw its freshman enrollment numbers plummet this academic year so drastically that the University announced a hiring freeze.

In recent years, many of the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended for strong Catholic identity in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College colleges have announced record enrollments.

As The Cardinal Newman Society reported last year, Ave Maria University (Fla.) received a thumbs up from Standard and Poor's Rating Services which stated that the faithful Catholic college has a “stable outlook” with record enrollment numbers and increasing student retention rates. Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., after years of record breaking enrollments, broke ground on its tenth and eleventh new residence halls since 2000. Many other Catholic institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are seeing similar success.

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