Sunday, January 22, 2017

Illinois Lost 150,000 University Students 2000-2014 - Illinois Policy

The U.S. Census Bureau recently revealed that Illinois, in its third consecutive year of population decline, is losing more people than any other state in the Midwest. The state has also been unpopular with students since at least the start of the 21st century. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Illinois likely lost more than 150,000 students, on net, to other states from 2000 to 2014. The data, which look at the migration of freshmen or first-time degree seeking students at all institutions each even-numbered year, show that Illinois lost an average of more than 10,000 students per year. Only New Jersey, which significantly lacks enough universities to accommodate all of its students, lost more than Illinois.

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