UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — The campus’ president wants to see thousands more students on campus in the next five years. He’s looking for a 15% increase. We don’t have many details yet about how they’ll do it. It could mean bigger classes, or more classes, but it’s tough to tell now, especially with the state budget situation throwing a wrench into things financially.
Tim Killeen’s going to talk about it more during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday morning. He’s setting the goal at 93,600 students. That would include all three campuses. Last fall, there were more than 81,000 students enrolled. Killeen says they want to add opportunities for minorities and in-state students. He says they’ve seen a growing trend of students leaving for colleges out-of-state and they want to help curb that. At one point, Killeen said he hoped to get 100,000 students in the system, so this is a bit of a step back from that, but it may have been more of an estimate at the time.
The university has had record enrollment the last two years. This will be building on that effort. The new engineering-based medical college will help boost numbers as well.
The freshman class at the Urbana-Champaign campus is already one of the biggest in the country. Enrollment there is expected to increase by more than 6,000 students in the next five years. That would be from 46,951 to 53,255. They also want to emphasize online opportunities, like a new iMBA program.