July 01, 2004

Congratulations! You've been unadmitted to college 

The University of Illinois at Chicago has retracted acceptance letters it sent to several hundred students, according to a report on NPR's All Things Considered today. Three years of state budget cuts adds up to about $100 million less for the Chicago campus. With a record number of student applicants (13,600 this year), the university says it just doesn't have the capacity. I don't have a graph handy, but picture a line showing 2.5 million more college students nationwide by 2007. Bisect that with a line showing higher education budgets everywhere in sharp decline. Now repeat after me: more with less, more with less, more with less...

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