Saturday, September 19, 2015

Carbondale leaders weigh in on SIU enrollment drop - Dustin Duncan, Southern Illinoisan

City leaders are not hiding the fact that Southern Illinois University’s announcement Tuesday regarding declining enrollment will have an impact on the city’s economy. “That is a lot of money that we are not going to have," said Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry. Enrollment at SIU dropped by nearly 4 percent, or 697 students, this fall. The enrollment decline, from 17,989 students in fall 2014 to 17,292 this fall, is the latest in a series of dips at SIU since an enrollment heyday in the early 1990s. Administrators said the decline will result in $5.2 million in lost revenue on top of anticipated state budget cuts.

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