St. Cloud State making several cuts as enrollment drops

Photo by: St. Cloud State University
Photo by: St. Cloud State University

(St. Cloud, MN) -- St. Cloud State is cutting six major programs and eliminating nearly two dozen faculty members in an effort to address an 18-million dollar deficit.

University leaders say enrollment declines are the source of the school's struggles.

Enrollment has dropped from 18-thousand in 2011 to ten thousand last fall.

State officials say the decline in the birth rate is a driving factor behind enrollment declines.