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Westminster OKs expansion

The Westminster College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a four-year plan that will significantly change the small, liberal arts school.

The Course of Action approved by the trustees includes increasing the number of students by 300 over the next five years, building a new apartment-style residence hall and introducing new academic programs."Westminster College is on the move. It's an exciting time to be here," said President Peggy A. Stock.

The news came after the college announced last week that a record 652 students enrolled in the school this year, bringing the student body to an all-time high of 2,200 students.

"This Course of Action responds to the needs of our students," said Stock. "We have an increasing demand for on-campus housing, which we feel is important in the total college experience."

Stock stressed that the school's commitment to academic quality will not change and the growth plan will not come at the expense of small class sizes.

Academic Vice President Stephen Baar said because of the school's small size it can change and adapt quickly.

Stock said officials plan to enhance the campus atmosphere in a number of ways, including adding new recreational and athletic programs.