Saturday, October 15, 2016

Illinois college enrollment dips among biggest in region - Associated Press

Small and medium-sized public universities hurt by the state’s historic budget standoff saw the biggest enrollment declines this year compared with similar-sized schools in nearby states. The nonpartisan Illinois Campaign for Political Reform said in a report released this week that Chicago State University’s enrollment declined by nearly 25 percent – the largest decrease among schools with fewer than 10,000 students. Eastern Illinois University had the third-highest decline in that group at 13 percent. The report compared the schools with universities in Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Enrollment at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale decreased by 7.5 percent. That was the largest enrollment decrease among universities serving between 10,000 and 20,000 students. Western Illinois University, which is also in that size category, saw enrollment decrease by 6.5 percent – the second largest decrease in that group.

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