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Kishwaukee College enrollment decline continues this spring

MALTA – Overall enrollment is down about 6.7 percent at Kishwaukee College compared with the previous spring semester, continuing a downward trend that can be contributed in part to a lack of state funding, officials said.

As of the 10th class day for the spring 2017 semester, Kishwaukee College has 3,130 students enrolled, according to data provided by the college.

This is a decrease of 225 students from the 3,355 students enrolled in the spring 2016 semester.

Collectively, students are signed up for 29,226 credit hours in spring 2017, according to the data.

President Laurie Borowicz said in a statement that the number of credit hours has declined more significantly than the overall headcount, so officials believe students are taking fewer hours and working more than in the past.

“There are many factors that can be attributed to the decline in enrollment, including a rebounding economy,” she said. “Enrollment and the unemployment rate have an inverse relationship.”

Borowicz said a lack of state funding also has caused fewer student to enroll at the college.

“We also know that our enrollments have been affected by the lack of [Monetary Award Program] grants in the state of Illinois, and having a state budget would help us continue to serve our college constituents,” she said.

Northern Illinois University experienced an enrollment decline of 5.5 percent from the spring 2016 to spring 2017 semester, with a total enrollment of 17,497 students.

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