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Enrollment down at Lourdes University, not all bad

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Enrollment is down this fall at Lourdes University, but leaders say they are growing in other ways.

Enrollment is down about 10 percent compared to fall enrollment last year. Lower enrollment last spring forced the university to make $1 million in cuts, but the university's new president says those cuts are allowing them to meet budgetary goals.

He says in other ways, they are on the right path.

"What we're trying to do is move to more residential full-time students," said President David Livingston. "That is moving in the right direction in terms of what we want to do strategically."

The university's strategic plans include growing its residential and graduate population, and focusing on student success.

Livingston says Lourdes is losing part-time and non-traditional market students, but they are growing in full-time residential and graduation populations. He says because of that growth, the university is on the path to where they want to be in five years.

"That's one of the things that helps universities, is having part-time students, non-residential students, residential students, graduate students," he said. "All those students combined to help us meet our budgetary goals, and sometimes you lose in one area and gain in another."

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