Illinois colleges saw a 29% percent drop in black student enrollment between 2013 and 2018.
Reported by Inside Higher Ed, these crisis-level statistics have forced a formal exploration for solutions from a 45-person working group, which has come back with outlined strategies for improving student pipelines and college preparation, focusing on creating more inclusive and supportive campus environments for black students, and addressing the growing unaffordability of college itself.
The takeaway? Sometimes it takes diving into the statistics to be horrified enough by them to make a change.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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