Interim chancellor: SIUC enrollment down as anticipated - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Interim chancellor: SIUC enrollment down as anticipated

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Spring enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is down as anticipated after a decline in fall enrollment, according to Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

The spring enrollment of 15,806 is down 878 students, or 5.3 percent, over the spring 2015 semester.

"We expect the trends we see in the fall to carry over into spring," Colwell said. "Since we were down in the fall compared to the previous fall, we are also down in the spring when compared with spring semester of last year. The good news is that we held our ground in undergraduate enrollment, but we lost ground in graduate enrollment."

Undergraduate enrollment declined 2.2 percent, or 263 students, from the previous spring, compared with a decline of 2.4 percent between the fall 2014 and fall 2015 semesters.

However, graduate enrollment declined 11.5 percent, or 420 students, spring-to-spring compared with 7.2 percent fall-to-fall.

“In part, we attribute the additional decline in graduate enrollment to the delayed decision to award graduate assistantships given the uncertainty in the state budget,” Colwell said. “While that uncertainty continues, we hope to make decisions about assistantships for next year sooner, likely within the next few weeks, so current and prospective graduate students have the information they need to commit to SIU.”

He said the university's decision to advance Monetary Award Program grants to students in need may have contributed to the relatively stable undergraduate enrollment.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Semi jackknifes on I-57, sends one to hospital

    Semi jackknifes on I-57, sends one to hospital

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-07-20 23:12:10 GMT
    A crash Friday closed the southbound lane of I-57 in Union Co. near Dongola, Illinois. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)A crash Friday closed the southbound lane of I-57 in Union Co. near Dongola, Illinois. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)

    One driver was injured in a two-semi crash on I-57 in Union County near Dongola on Friday, July 20.

    One driver was injured in a two-semi crash on I-57 in Union County near Dongola on Friday, July 20.

  • Truck spills manure on I-24 in Trigg County, KY

    Truck spills manure on I-24 in Trigg County, KY

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:03 PM EDT2018-07-20 23:03:58 GMT
    Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20.   (Source: KYTC)Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20.   (Source: KYTC)
    Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20.   (Source: KYTC)Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20.   (Source: KYTC)

    Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20. 

    Slick conditions after a truck spilled manure on Interstate 24 westbound in Trigg County, Kentucky on Friday, July 20. 

  • Heartland first responders ready for a mass water rescue

    Heartland first responders ready for a mass water rescue

    Friday, July 20 2018 6:46 PM EDT2018-07-20 22:46:52 GMT
    Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Brad Dillow looks over parts of a technical rescue boat near the Mississippi river Friday. Dillow leads the Southeast Missouri Homeland Security Response and says they're ready to carry out mass water rescues if they need to.Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Brad Dillow looks over parts of a technical rescue boat near the Mississippi river Friday. Dillow leads the Southeast Missouri Homeland Security Response and says they're ready to carry out mass water rescues if they need to.
    Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Brad Dillow looks over parts of a technical rescue boat near the Mississippi river Friday. Dillow leads the Southeast Missouri Homeland Security Response and says they're ready to carry out mass water rescues if they need to.Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Brad Dillow looks over parts of a technical rescue boat near the Mississippi river Friday. Dillow leads the Southeast Missouri Homeland Security Response and says they're ready to carry out mass water rescues if they need to.

    First responders in the Heartland are ready to carry out mass water rescues in case a large boat sinks or two boats collide. 

    First responders in the Heartland are ready to carry out mass water rescues in case a large boat sinks or two boats collide. 

Powered by Frankly