Amid smaller enrollments, Ill. universities, colleges forced to adjust to changing landscape

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Bradley University’s decision last month to trim $7 million from a $175-million annual budget due to a decline in enrollment was just the latest indication of changes sweeping across higher education.

In Illinois, most state universities as well as almost all community colleges face continued enrollment declines.

Aside from the rising cost of a college education and mounting student debt, colleges face another problem.

“There’s greater competition for a dwindling number of students,” said Tony Bankston, dean of admissions at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

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