…circumstances such as the one happening at Chicago State University are inevitable.
While enrollment has been declining for years, the past year has been particularly troubling. Overall enrollment is down 25 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is down 32 percent in one year, the largest decline of any public university in the state. The 86 freshmen includes both full-time and part-time students — smaller than a kindergarten cohort at many Chicago Public Schools.
The enrollment trends are the latest concern for Chicago State, with some questioning how the public school will survive — and what it might look like. Students and faculty, desperate to see the historic school survive, are growing disillusioned and losing hope that revival is around the corner.