Illinois community colleges have seen their student populations decline for the third straight year. Spring 2013 full time enrollment totaled just under 206,000, which is more than 5,000 fewer students than last year. Karen Hunter-Anderson is the vice-president of the Illinois Community College Board, which oversees the colleges. She says enrollment jumped “unusually high” when the economic recession began in late 2008.
Hunter-Anderson says even with this spring's drop, enrollment is still higher than before the recession began.
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