Enrollment in colleges and universities continued to decline across the state last year, according to figures released by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Overall, undergraduate enrollment decreased by 2 percent, with even steeper drops at public universities and community colleges.
Schools defying this trend include those focused on medical professions, such as City Colleges of Chicago's Malcolm X campus. Mark Potter, the provost, says its home in the medical district makes it more attractive.
"Being a Center of Excellence means that students are going to come in order to pursue their healthcare interests. But it also means that we're able to focus on building partnerships at that location to benefit those students." Potter says.
Graduate enrollment ticked up, but only by a fraction of a percent overall.