Why Illinois’ second largest university needs a lot of freshman

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It’s a good thing Illinois’ second largest public university enrolled its largest freshman class in two decades.

Someone is going to have to pay for those $101,000-a-year average salaries for professors at Southern Illinois University.

SIU’s main campus in Carbondale has had to turn to tuition dollars to pay more of the school’s bills, as state dollars have faded away during the past decade.

“Of course there is a correlation between the number of students you have and your budget,” SIU’s chief of marketing and communications Rae Goldsmith told Illinois Watchdog. “But that’s not the sole reason you go out and recruit students.”

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