Benedictine University in Springfield to discontinue undergraduate programs

SPRINGFIELD - Several hundred students at Springfield's Benedictine University will have to find a different school next year, as the institution is set to discontinue its traditional undergraduate programs.

According to campus President Michael Bromberg, the university will focus on the growing trend of adults seeking higher education degrees and its master's and doctoral programs, as the school lacks the funding to compete for 18-to-22-year-old students.

The change, which was approved by the school's board of trustees, will result in the elimination of 75 full-time faculty positions.  Approximately 520 students who are enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs will be affected, and will have to find another school next year.  Those students will have the option of enrolling in Benedictine University's main campus in Lisle, Illinois, or another branch in Mesa, Arizona.
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