Colleges and Universities http://peoriapublicradio.org en Universities struggle amid declining enrollment http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/universities-struggle-amid-declining-enrollment <p>Enrollment is down at many of Illinois' public universities. As Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports, the lost tuition is hurting schools' bottom line.</p><div><p>As the state has cut funding to higher education, universities have made up for the losses by raising tuition. But when there are fewer students to pay, colleges feel the squeeze all over again. At Western Illinois University, enrollment is down two percent from last year -- about 500 fewer students. Officials say that's an opportunity cost a nearing a million dollars. Western's president Jack Thomas:</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:30:27 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19583 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Universities struggle amid declining enrollment Cost of housing has college students paying more http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/cost-housing-has-college-students-paying-more <p></p><div>An Illinois legislative hearing on college affordability Wednesday shows the cost of updating university housing has students paying more.</div><div> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:15:55 +0000 Sean Flavin 1692 at http://peoriapublicradio.org