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Correction to Graph for Trends at SIUC Part 1

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A reader left a comment criticizing a graph in a previous post about enrollment and employment trends at SIUC. The reader wrote:

Your scale on the professional non-faculty graph is misleading. Unlike most of the other graphs, the scale on the professional non-faculty graph starts at 0, and it looks like it barely changed. Really it was the one of the biggest changes on all of these graphs. The professional non-faculty increased from about 1175 to nearly 1600, a larger increase than the faculty increase from 1525 to about 1650.

The original graph was not an attempt to mislead. In fact, in that post I recommended reducing staff in that category of employment. Still, the reader was right. I replaced the graph. Read the rest of this entry »


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November 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

Trends at SIUC Part 2: Six-Year Graduation Rates

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I am writing a series of posts about trends at SIUC. Last week I posted part 1 comparing enrollment and staffing levels over the past ten years. This is part 2: six-year graduation rates.

I checked previous SIUC factbooks to find the data for this graph:

The lowest graduation rate was 38.8% for students entering SIUC in fall 1996. The highest rate was 45.7% for those entering SIUC in Fall 2001. The graduation rate declined to 43.5% for students entering SIUC in 2003 – slightly higher than the 43.3% graduation rate for students entering SIUC in fall 1997.

For perspective, I also found the graduation rates for the other Illinois public universities. I wasn’t able to find an official source for the Chicago State graduation rate, so I left CSU off the graph. [I did find a news article saying the rate is 14%. No wonder the state considered closing CSU.]

The rate for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is for students entering in fall 2001. All other rates are for students entering in fall 2003:

The graph speaks for itself.

The only thing I’d note is that SIUC and SIUE aren’t that far apart with rates of 43.5 and 46.4, respectively. Both are graduating less than half of their students within six years.

You can see the data for yourself: Northeastern (pdf), SIUC (pdf), SIUE (pdf), Northern (pdf), Illinois at Chicago, Eastern, Governor’s State (pdf), Western (pdf), Illinois at Springfield, Illinois State, and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Comments are welcome.

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October 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

Trends at SIUC Part 1: Student/Staffing Levels

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I am planning a series of posts on trends at SIUC, starting today with student enrollment compared to staffing levels.  I went to the quick facts section of the SIUC Institutional Research and Studies page to find the data. Unfortunately, the full 2010 data is not yet available, but we know enrollment decreased by 313 students.

As you can see in the graphs below, enrollment is trending downward while employment is trending upward.

The student enrollment numbers are for all students, both on and off campus and including those at the Springfield med school campus.  The employment numbers include faculty, administrative professional (A/P), and staff, but exclude graduate and undergraduate assistants. Read the rest of this entry »

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