Small And Mid-Size Public Universities Feeling Brunt Of Budget Stalemate

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Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut. It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit. “We found our large schools, our flagship schools, they are experiencing modest increases in enrollment over the past couple of years. And that’s on trend with some other states,” said Sarah Brune, Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. She said the group conducted the study to see the effects of the impasse on the institutions. The small and mid-sized schools are seeing declines, meaning not only less state funds, but also fewer tuition dollars. Over both 2 year and 5 year time frames, some schools have seen big drops in the number of students who attend. “We wanted to look into that and use enrollment, which is only one of the many factors you can

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May 16, 2017 at 01:41AM

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Small And Mid-Size Public Universities Feeling Brunt Of Budget Stalemate

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