Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chicago state gets some credit but freshman enrollment is still down

Chicago State University's accreditation has been reaffirmed after being in limbo for more than a year due to concerns about poor retention and graduation rates.

Still, the news came too late to help the university persuade students to choose the South Side campus. First-time, full-time freshmen enrollment is down 12.9 percent from last year, to 513 students.

Overall undergraduate enrollment, including transfer students, increased to 5,675. Total enrollment is 7,362, officials said.

"When you are trying to select a school, you will probably go to an institution where no questions were asked," said Chicago State president Wayne Watson, who has been in the position for about a year. "We think that played a large part in it. That is why we were so pleased to get" confirmation that accreditation has been renewed by the Higher Learning Commission, the region's accrediting agency.

To address concerns about the public school's high dropout rate, Chicago State has started several new programs to help students who are struggling. Among them: an early alert system that every month flags students who are missing class, not turning in homework or failing exams. Tutoring is then offered to those students.
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