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Enrollment Exodus: How Private Colleges and Universities Are Meeting Enrollment Challenges

Illinois colleges and universities have been under pressure for years from smaller graduating classes, out-of-state competition and changing demographics. Private higher education institutions in the state face the same challenges public schools do and a couple extra.

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This week WGLT teams up with public radio stations across the state for a series called Enrollment Exodus, about the challenges facing higher education in Illinois.

Jared Alcorn of Waiting Room Records reviews the new Drab Majesty album
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Majestic New Synth Album Anything But Drab

If you had walked into Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal in the last few weeks, you might have thought owner Jared Alcorn was in a nostalgic 1980s mood. An album with a nod to that synth sounding decade was getting heavy play on the store's turntable.

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Jason Hawk Harris plays Nightshop Friday night.
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Jason Hawk Harris’ debut on Bloodshot Records is an Americana gem many are calling one of the best albums of the year.

Jared Alcorn of Waiting Room Records reviews the new Drab Majesty album
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If you had walked into Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal in the last few weeks, you might have thought owner Jared Alcorn was in a nostalgic 1980s mood. An album with a nod to that synth sounding decade was getting heavy play on the store's turntable.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, we are going back to work with music from 9 to 5, Rent Live!, and The Producers.

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Greta Thunberg has a message for world leaders at the United Nations this week: "We'll be watching you." Speaking at the Climate Action Summit in New York, Thunberg added, "This is all

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Illinois State University

Schuyler Bailar was the first openly transgender NCAA swimmer and first trans male athlete documented to compete in Division 1 for any sport.

What happens when universities see enrollment plunge year after year? For many Illinois schools, they focus on how to hold on to the students already walking their halls. Students often leave between their first and second year.

Tammy Yates was excited to come to Macomb seven years ago. Yates and her partner Chad Hunziker opened Chubby's, a restaurant on West Adams Street, just a few blocks from the Western Illinois University campus.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Illinois colleges and universities have been under pressure for years from smaller graduating classes, out-of-state competition and changing demographics. Private higher education institutions in the state face the same challenges public schools do and a couple extra.

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Maria Fonseca found her way to mortuary school the way a lot of people do: Someone died.

"Unfortunately, three years ago, I lost a cousin," she says.

The funeral director who helped her family grieve left an impression. Fonseca didn't know anyone in the funeral industry, and she asked to shadow him. Then she decided to follow in his footsteps.

"I want to be there to support [families] whenever they're going through the worst moment in their life," she says.

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