Kishwaukee College did not fare any better, as its 10-day enrollment data indicated a 9.1 percent drop in total enrollment. New student enrollment, however, showed an increase of 1.8 percent from 1,570 students last fall to 1,599 this year.
President Laurie Borowicz said the low numbers are attributable in part to the poor economy preventing adults from continuing their education. She added that this trend of declining adult populations likely is to be seen across the country.
“You would be hard-pressed to find a community college that isn’t saying they are down in enrollment,” Borowicz said. “The economy plays a huge factor in whether people go to college or not.”
Borowicz said it’s unfortunate to see total numbers decrease, however, the local population numbers are not down. One way Kishwaukee College is trying to preserve those numbers is through a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement, which allows eligible students to be admitted to Kishwaukee College and NIU simultaneously and have access to resources from both institutions.
Kishwaukee College spokeswoman Kayte Hamel said there are a lot of positive things being done for current students, and the college will be launching marketing efforts for the second set of eight-week classes starting in October.
Jensen said he hopes to see students use the program to stay in the area after graduation.
“Providing education for the state of Illinois and generally for our service region are of great importance,” Jensen said. “Students who come from Kishwaukee College are extremely important to us for a number of reasons, but mainly because they grew up here and could also be working here.”