UI plan: 93,646 students by 2021

URBANA — The University of Illinois system would expand its enrollment by 15 percent over the next five years under a plan to be outlined to trustees Thursday. The goals would vary by campus but overall enrollment would rise to more than 93,600 students, up from about 81,000 this year — including 6,300 more for the Urbana campus, mostly at the graduate level, according to UI figures. In materials prepared for the announcement, UI President Tim Killeen said the plan would expand academic programs and strengthen opportunities for Illinois students and underrepresented minorities. Illinois residents now make up about 80 percent of on-campus undergraduate enrollment at the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign campuses combined, the UI said. About a quarter of all undergraduates are African-American and Latino students. Under the five-year plan, enrollment would grow by more than 12,100 students, from 81,499 last fall to 93,646 in the fall of 2021. Total UI enrollment has hit record highs in each of the last two years, growing by nearly 12,700 students since fall 2006. Killeen had asked each campus to develop its own growth plan in 2015, built on their individual strengths and designed to ensure adequate funding...

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