Martin University cuts 16 jobs after enrollment falls

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An unexpected enrollment decline for the fall semester has led Indiana's only predominantly black institution of higher education to cut 16 faculty and staff.

Interim Martin University President Eugene White tells The Indianapolis Star that more than 700 students were expected to enroll at the Indianapolis school but only 522 signed up. That caused a more than $600,000 budget shortfall, leading to the layoffs of seven faculty and nine staff members Friday.

White cites a difficult economy and the end of an aid program for GED graduates as factors in the enrollment decline.

Federal data shows Martin had 30 full-time instructors and one part-time primary instructor in 2011. It shows annual tuition and fees at about $14,000 and more than 90 percent of freshmen receive federal Pell grants.

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