Entitled “Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College and Why It Matters,” the report is a meta-analysis that draws from public data and published studies to highlight trends that have broad implications in Illinois, where nearly half of high school graduates are low-income and over 40 percent are black or Latino. The data paints a grim picture of the achievement gaps between rich and poor.
Key findings include:
- From 2011 to 2015, African American undergraduate enrollment in public institutions dropped 25 percent.
- While college enrollment among underrepresented groups has increased nearly ten percentage points in the last ten years, only 37 percent of low-income students graduate in six years, compared to 75 percent of their wealthier peers.
- In Illinois, tuition and fees for public universities are 5th highest in the nation.
- Illinois is one of only four states that cut funding of higher education over the last two fiscal years.
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