Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Report: State Board of Higher Education finds minority enrollment declining

A report to be presented Tuesday at the State Board of Higher Education's March meeting shows that minority enrollment in higher education is declining.

The 66-page report published by the Board of High Education entitled 'Report To The Governor And General Assembly On Underrepresented Groups In Illinois Higher Education,' the report found that underrepresented minority students is a problem before many of them even get there.

Jamie Anderson, a senior at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is a first generation college student and one of a shrinking group of African-Americans in colleges across the state.

"Growing up in the community that I grew up in, I wasn't comfortable. I didn't know who I was. I wasn't allowed to figure out who I was because I didn't have too many people that looked like me to be a role model," said Anderson.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on March 1, 2016.

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