Roosevelt move part of 'tectonic shift' in education

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The market forces prompting Roosevelt University to significantly scale back its Schaumburg operation are the result of a "tectonic shift" in higher education in Illinois that is being felt by colleges throughout the state, experts say.

It is the result of both changing demographics and corporate cutbacks in the wake of two recessions, and the challenges are even more pronounced for private and suburban universities, said James Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Roosevelt University's Schaumburg campus, once the largest four-year university in the Northwest suburbs, will be reduced to the College of Pharmacy by the end of 2014. Every other course of study will be relocated to the main campus in Chicago, and the empty space in Schaumburg will be rented.

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