Illinois college enrollment dips among biggest in region

Small and medium-sized public universities hurt by Illinois’ historic budget standoff are enduring bigger enrollment declines than 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 less than 10,000 students. The report compared Illinois 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 third largest enrollment decrease among universities serving between 10,000 and 20,000 students in those seven states.
    
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers says (http://bit.ly/2cIHStW ) the report emphasized that several factors besides the state budget impasse could have contributed to the declines.

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