More freshmen at troubled college

The Associated PressSeptember 3, 2009 

— A debt-ridden North Carolina college reports it has seen a 12 percent increase in enrollment by first-year students.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that Greensboro College opened the new school year with 1,254 students, seven fewer than last semester. But the freshman class of almost 240 is 12 percent larger than last fall.

Some expected an enrollment drop because of concerns about the college's debt of more than $19 million and the resulting resignation of longtime president Craven Williams in July.

The small Methodist college laid off 10 more staff members this summer, including three part-time music teachers and the band director. The school is down to 68 full-time faculty members.

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