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CHICAGO — University of Illinois’ board of trustees on Thursday endorsed an ambitious plan from the system’s president to increase enrollment by nearly 15 percent at its three campuses over the next five years.
University of Illinois President Tim Killeen presented the plan to the Board of Trustees at their meeting in Chicago. The plan’s goal would have more than 93,600 students enrolled at the school’s campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield over the next five years.
The effort will expand academic programs and opportunities for Illinois students and minorities as a means of curbing the number of students going out of state for college, Killeen said. Statistics show 45 percent of Illinois high school graduates enrolled at four-year colleges and universities in 2015 were going to out-of-state institutions, the university said – up from 29 percent in 2002.
Trustee Jill Smart said Illinois has to compete with out-of-state schools that offer discounted costs to Illinois students.
“For some people that’s a lot of money,” Smart said, according to The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
Killeen said the proposal will give “more students the opportunity for a world-class education that will transform their lives and seizing on our opportunity to serve the needs of the state by expanding the pipeline of talent that is so critical to its future.”
The university system already has seen enrollment grow in recent years with officials saying 12,700 students have been added since fall 2006. The latest efforts would increase system-wide enrollment by more than 12,100 students from about 81,500 last fall to 93,600 in fall 2021.
Separately, the board of trustees extended a freeze on its base tuition for in-state freshmen for a third consecutive year. The school noted that trustees made the decision despite the lack of a state budget that has reduced government funding for the University of Illinois system for the last two years.
Also Thursday, trustees elected anesthesiologist Dr. Timothy Koritz of Roscoe to be the board’s next chairman.
Three trustee terms expired Monday, and the university system is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appointments to those positions.
Details of University of Illinois growth, enrollment plans
CHICAGO — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen proposed plans Thursday to increase enrollment and drive growth at the system’s three campuses. Here are details the university system provided about plans for each campus:
– Enrollment projected to increase by more than 6,300 students from about 46,950 to 53,250 students.
– Efforts to increase enrollment are targeting graduate and professional programs with an emphasis on online programs.
– Growth plans include expanding master’s degree offerings to include data science, accountancy and information management, among other areas.
– Enrollment projected to increase by about 4,780 students to 33,900 students from 29,120.
– About 90 percent of enrollment growth is projected in undergraduate programs.
– Growth plans include expansion of 18 undergraduate programs and creation of five new programs.
– Enrollment projected to increase by about 1,050 students from about 5,430 to 6,490 students.
– Student recruiting efforts to be increased in areas outside of Chicago and around St. Louis.
– Growth plans include recent addition of five new bachelor’s degree programs, one master’s degree program, pre-nursing curriculum and graduate certificate programs, as well as expanding online offerings.
Source: University of Illinois