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Lindenwood courts prospective students

Korrin Tilley (left), a student ambassador at Lindenwood University, talks about the campus makeup with prospective student Nick Southard of Francis Howell High School during a tour of the campus on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Lindenwood University laid off 17 employees near the end of May, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Lindenwood, a private liberal arts university in St. Charles with about 10,000 students, made the cuts "to reallocate resources with our recently adopted strategic plan" announced earlier this year.

The 17 layoffs amount to 1.5 percent of the school's workforce. They included full-time and part-time employees. The university has about 900 employees.

Layoffs have hit universities big and small in the St. Louis area in recent years. Last week Fontbonne University in St. Louis announced a 10 percent reduction in its workforce.