President Jay Barnes on what’s next for Bethel University

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Bethel University in St. Paul.
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In December, private Christian school Bethel University announced budget cuts and staff reductions to deal with declining enrollment.

What’s next for the school of about 4,500 students? And how will schools like Bethel stay competitive as fewer young people identify as being religious?


Jay Barnes, president of Bethel University

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