Monday, July 21, 2014

Amid smaller enrollments, Illinois universities, colleges forced to adjust to changing landscape

Online growth has also been a key reason why the University of Illinois Springfield has bucked the downward trend of enrollment at state schools, said Ray Schroeder, the school’s associate vice chancellor for online learning.

“Over the years, the online programs have grown to serve more than one-third of our students,” he said, indicating the school’s 1,650 online “majors” from 48 states and a dozen foreign countries helped swell the UIS enrollment to more than 5,000.

“As a result of the growth of the online student population, enrollments at UIS have continued to grow when enrollments at other universities have stagnated or dropped,” said Schroeder.

“Generally, those universities that have embraced 21st century approaches such as online learning continue to thrive despite the challenges of higher costs and lower governmental subsidies,” he said.

Schroeder was featured by the Peoria Journal Star on July 20, 2014.

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