Statewide: The Illinois Enrollment Exodus

Nov 27, 2019

Many Illinois colleges and universities are struggling to attract and keep students.  The problem, along with what some are doing about it, is outlined in the Illinois public radio series Enrollment Exodus. 

On this episode of Statewide, we re-cap the series from earlier this year and hear from journalists throughout Illinois.  

This week's lineup:

* Sean Crawford talks with Jenna Dooley of WNIJ, who served as coordinator for the series.  She gives an overview of the problem and what the reporting uncovered.

* Rich Egger of TriStates Public Radio reports how the loss of students is impacting the area surrounding the campus of Western Illinois University.

* Charlie Schlenker of WGLT talks with Jana Albrecht from Illinois State University's Office of Enrollment.  She gives some reasons why ISU enrollment has been able to hold steady while other schools are seeing a drop-off.

* Dusty Rhodes with NPR Illinois tells how Chinese students play a crucial role on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

* Jennifer Fuller of WSIU reports on why some students find community college is a better fit for them than going to a 4 year institution right out of high school.

*Lee Gaines with Illinois Newsroom explains how Latinx enrollment is holding steady, but that doesn't mean those students always earn a degree.

* Peter Medlin with WNIJ has more on retention efforts at colleges as they work to keep students who are already walking their halls.

* Charlie Schlenker of WGLT takes a look at how private colleges and universities are faring when it comes to enrollment.

* Rich Egger of TriStates Public Radio interviews Western Illinois University Acting President Martin Abraham about his vision for turning around the enrollment picture.  The school saw a 10-percent drop in students this fall.

* Not all schools are having difficulty attracting students.  Kate McGee with WBEZ finds out why the University of Illinois at Chicago has been able to buck the trend. 


Listen to Statewide across Illinois:

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 6-7 p.m.)
  • Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 6-7 p.m., Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)