Friday, September 13, 2013

Freshman numbers up at many Illinois universities

Many of Illinois' public universities are bucking a national trend of generally declining enrollment, welcoming larger freshmen classes to their campuses this fall.

Other universities with increases included the University of Illinois' flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois Springfield, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

The University of Illinois-Springfield's 19.8 percent increase in freshman enrollment — to 339 students — is probably a direct result of the school's Chicago-area marketing push and increases in scholarship money, according to Tim Barnett, the school's vice chancellor of student affairs.

Direct mail, email, billboards and radio spots are all being used to persuade students who might otherwise look outside of Illinois to come to the state capital, he said.

The Associated Press story was published on September 12, 2013.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

UIS enrollment tops 5,000 for fourth year in row

Fall enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield matched its second-highest total and topped 5,000 students for a fourth consecutive year.

The increase from 5,048 students in fall 2012 to 5,137 students this year — a 1.8 percent increase — comes as many other state universities see declining enrollment.

The University of Illinois will release enrollment figures for its Urbana-Champaign campus today.

“Growth is a high priority for the UIS campus, and we are very encouraged that more and more students are choosing the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois because of the high-quality educational experience they receive,” said UIS Chancellor Susan Koch.

The story was published in The State Journal-Register on Sept. 11, 2013.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

UIS enrollment dips; still tops 5,000

Although both undergraduate and graduate student enrollment dropped slightly, the University of Illinois Springfield’s fall 2012 enrollment has topped 5,000 students for the third consecutive year.

The total number of enrolled students at UIS after the first 10 days of classes — the day enrollment figures are officially established — is 5,048.

“Students choose the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois, and parents encourage them to come to UIS, because of the personalized, high quality experience that we provide every day,” said UIS Chancellor Susan Koch. “It is a right-sized, supportive community."

There are 3,054 undergraduates at UIS this fall, compared to 3,112 last fall semester, a decline of 1.9 percent.

However, the number of freshmen attending UIS increased by nearly 16 percent this semester. A total of 283 freshmen are enrolled compared to 244 in fall 2011.

The numbers were featured by the State Journal-Register on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

UIS enrollment numbers released

Fall enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield has topped 5,000 students for the second year in a row. The total number of enrolled students at UIS is 5,137, a decrease of 37 students from the record 5,174 enrolled last fall.

“We continue to pursue our strategic goal of 6,000 students at UIS,” said University of Illinois vice president and UIS Chancellor Susan Koch. “I’m particularly pleased this fall with the increase in enrollment at the graduate level and in the online programs."

There are 3,112 undergraduates at UIS this fall, compared to 3,197 last fall semester. The number of graduate students rose to 2,025, an increase of 48 students over last year.

Growth in online learning continues, with a total of 1,425 students enrolled in online degree or certificate programs, a 4.5% increase over fall 2010.

The numbers were featured in an September 8, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spring enrollment hits new high at UIS

The University of Illinois Springfield, which topped the 5,000 mark in enrollment last fall, has fallen below that number but still has a record number of students enrolled for the spring semester.

Spring enrollment figures are typically lower than those in the fall because of transfers and students failing to return for the second semester.

UIS has 4,920 students enrolled this spring, an increase of 58 students, or 1.2 percent, over last spring.

The increase is primarily due to carryover from the big increase in fall enrollment, UIS officials said. Enrollment at UIS in fall 2010 was the largest in the institution’s 40-year history at 5,174 students, up 4.3 percent from the previous fall.

“We are pleased about this spring’s increase in enrollment and anticipate enrollment growth again next fall, as statewide recognition of the quality and affordability of education at UIS — for freshmen, transfer and graduate students — increases,” said UIS Chancellor Harry Berman.

Additionally, the number of students majoring in degree programs at UIS that are fully online increased this spring by 67 students, according to Ray Schroeder, director of UIS’ Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. The total number of students with online majors is 1,364, which is an increase of 5.2 percent over last spring.

UIS offers 16 online degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate. More than one-fourth of UIS students are online degree program students, and more than half of all students at UIS are taking at least one online class.

UIS has a total of 2,997 undergraduate students and 1,923 graduate students enrolled.

The enrollment numbers were featured in a February 8, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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UIS sets record enrollment

High unemployment and high college enrollment appear to continue to go hand-in-hand. The University of Illinois at Springfield has once again achieved record enrollment.

Enrollment for the Spring semester is recorded at 4,920 students. Last (Fall) semester's enrollment records was at 5,174, which was the highest ever in the Springfield campus' 40-year history. The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs says the biggest increase is in non-traditional students who want to compete for better jobs.

"We see increased numbers of online students in particular. And those are individuals who are busy with family or work or other responsibilities," said Tim Barnett. "And they're trying to find a way to get an education. Many of them don't even live in the Springfield area."

UIS offers 16 online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. More than one-fourth of the students are online degree program students, and more than half of all students at UIS are taking at least one online class.

The increase was featured by WICS-TV 20 in a February 7, 2011, report.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Editorial: Enrollment milestone at UIS

The following is a portion of an editorial published in a September 14, 2010, edition of The State Journal-Register.

When Richard Ringeisen took the reins as chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield in early 2001, he spoke of big plans.

"We plan to create a new kind of public university, one which numbers among the best liberal arts universities in the country, while retaining and, in fact, enhancing its ties to state government," Ringeisen said.

That fall, the university welcomed the first freshman class in its history. As the decade progressed, the campus grew both physically — it now truly has the look and feel of a college campus — and in enrollment. Perhaps it’s fitting that UIS’s latest milestone comes as Ringeisen prepares to retire at the end of next month.

UIS announced last week that its enrollment for the current academic year topped 5,000 for the first time in the school’s history. The 5,174 students enrolled this year is a 4.3 percent increase over last year.

“To say we are excited would be an understatement. For our enrollment to surpass 5,000 marks a milestone for us,” Ringeisen said.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

UIS enrollment tops 5,000

Now that it has crossed the 5,000 threshold in enrollment that includes students taking classes via the Internet, the University of Illinois Springfield would like to see that many attending classes on campus.

“We need to decide how big we want to be,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “Our next goal will probably be to have 5,000 students taking classes on campus and 2,000 living on campus.”

UIS enrollment topped 5,000 for the first time this fall with a 4.3 percent increase over last fall’s total.

The number of enrolled students this year is 5,174, up 213 students over the 2009 total of 4,961 students. The fall 2010 number includes 1,626 exclusively online students.

“Those are targets that my successor will have to deal with,” said Ringeisen, who is retiring Oct. 31. He added that UIS currently doesn’t have enough on-campus housing to accommodate 2,000 students.

“When we first added freshmen (in 2001), we geared up for having more students,” he said. “We thought we’d make it to 5,000 last year, but this year we blew by it.

The record enrollment was featured in a September 10, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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University of Illinois Springfield reaches milestone

The University of Illinois Springfield marks not one, but two major milestones. For the first time in the university's history, more than 5,000 students are earning a degree at UIS. The record high enrollment comes as the school celebrates its 40th birthday.

UIS has come a long way since 1970. The first class to attend, what was then Sangamon State University, had just over 800 students. They've now grown to over 5,000.

"Its kind of a special number we've been shooting at for awhile. We thought we were going to make it last year, but we came up 30 something students short. This time we blew past it," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

Record enrollment was featured in a September 9, 2010, report by WICS-TV 20.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

UIS enrollment may top 5,000

University of Illinois Springfield officials are optimistic that the school’s enrollment will top 5,000 for the first time this fall.

Enrollment numbers won’t be released until Sept. 7, the 10th day of classes, because of class drops and adds that might be requested during that period, said university spokesman Derek Schnapp.

“But it is rare that we end up at a number below what we have going into the first day of classes, and we had more than 5,000 the first day,” Schnapp said. “We are cautiously optimistic it will stay there.”

The numbers were featured in a August 27, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Spring Enrollment down slightly

UIS enrollment for the spring '08 semester is down nearly 4 percent. While no one can say exactly why, part of the reason might be changed requirements for the campus' largest academic program, computer science. Projections for the fall semester remain good.

An article in the March 26, 2008, State Journal-Register reports on spring enrollment figures for UIS, Lincoln Land, and Springfield College.

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