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Educational Demand and Quality - Interactive & Sortable Table Representation
Fiscal Year 2010 Performance Report - December 18, 2009 Update

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Enrollment Demand Progress

Western Illinois University has enrollment goals of 12,500 students in Macomb and 3,000 students in the Quad Cities.  In Macomb, the number of new freshmen applications increased. The University has been successful at increasing interest (applications).  The number of acceptances and the University’s “show-rate” (ratio of enrollment to acceptances) decreased. As the University actively recruits more freshmen, it will be competing in both the two- and four-year sector. The economics of higher education may be leading more students to start in a community college and transfer to a four-year institution. In Macomb, undergraduate transfer applications, acceptances, and enrollments all increased.

On the Quad Cities Campus, total enrollment increased. The challenge is to increase the campus show-rate. The University should have a strong base to build in the years ahead. Compared to fall 2008, total student enrollment at Eastern Iowa Community College is up 22 percent and total student enrollment at Black Hawk College is up seven percent. These are the two primary “feeder” institutions of the Quad Cities Campus.

Table 1: Total Enrollment in Macomb and Quad Cities
Fall 2005 through Fall 2009
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Macomb Enrollment Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Total 12,128 12,231 11,961 11,783 11,266 (517) (4.4%)
On-Campus 11,277 11,368 11,219 10,785 10,487 (298) (2.8%)
Off-Campus 851 863 742 998 779 (219) (21.9%)

 

Quad Cities Enrollment Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Total 1,276 1,371 1.370 1,392 1,413 21 1.5%
On-Campus 1,217 1,331 1,331 1,360 1,352 (8) (0.6%)
Off-Campus 59 40 39 32 61 29 90.6%

 

With New Freshmen Applications, Acceptances, Enrollments, and Show-Rates

New Freshmen Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Applied 7,286 7,620 8,203 8,164 8,331 167 2.0%
Accepted 5,224 5,371 5,594 5.528 5,301 (227) (4.1%)
Acceptance Rate 71.7% 70.5% 68.2% 67.7% 63.6% -- (4.1%)
Enrolled 1,823 1,928 1.957 1,813 1,641 (172) (9.5%)
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) 34.9% 35.9% 35.0% 32.8% 31.0% -- (1.8%)

 

With Transfer Applications, Acceptances, Enrollments, and Show-Rates

New Transfers Macomb Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Applied 2836 2661 2530 2309 2391 82 3.6%
Accepted 2040 1951 1792 1633 1732 99 6.1%
Enrolled 1273 1269 1063 1077 1139 62 5.8%
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) 62.4% 65.0% 59.3% 66.0% 65.8% -- (0.2%)

 

New Transfers Quad Cities Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Applied n/a n/a n/a 278 346 68 24.5%
Accepted n/a n/a n/a 250 296 46 18.4%
Enrolled 130 154 184 196 193 (3) (1.5%)
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) n/a n/a n/a 78.4% 65.2% -- (13.2%)

 

 

Show Rates - Students Enrolling After Acceptance Progress

The Enrollment Benchmarking Report presented at the December 18, 2009, Western Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting discusses strategies used by both campuses to increase total student enrollment. Benchmarking and adapting best practices at peer institutions may help to increase the University’s show-rate. In peer institution comparisons, Western ranks second lowest in new freshmen show-rates, eighth (of 15) in transfer student show-rates for the Macomb Campus, and third (of seven) in transfer student show-rates for the Quad Cities Campus.

Table 2: New Freshmen and New Transfer Show-Rates at Western Illinois University and Quad Cities Benchmark Institutions
Fall 2008
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New Freshmen Peers Show Rate
Northern Iowa
51.3%
Missouri State
46.0%
Wisconsin - Whitewater
44.2%
Sam Houston State
43.5%
Western Washington
39.9%
Central Washington
39.3%
North Carolina - Wilmington
37.7%
Appalachian State
37.0%
College of Charleston
35.7%
Montclair State
35.7%
Southern Illinois - Edwardsville
34.7%
Eastern Illinois
33.4%
James Madison
33.2%
Western Illinois
32.9%
California State - Chico
21.2%
New Transfers
Macomb Peers
Show Rate
Wisconsin - Whitewater
79.2%
Central Washington
73.2%
Missouri State
73.0%
Northern Iowa
72.3%
Sam Houston State
72.0%
Eastern Illinois
70.0%
Appalachian State
69.9%
Western Illinois
67.6%
North Carolina - Wilmington
65.3%
Western Washington
64.1%
Montclair State
59.3%
James Madison
57.3%
Western Kentucky
47.9%
California State - Chico
46.7%
College of Charleston
43.5%
New Transfers
Quad Cities Peers
Show Rate
Pennsylvania State - Harrisburg
66.6%
Illinois - Springfield
65.8%
Western Illinois - Quad Cities
65.2%
Augustana College
63.9%
University of Baltimore
63.3%
Governors State
61.2%
Saint Ambrose
51.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minority, International, and Pell Grant Recipient Progress

The percent of total minority student enrollment in Macomb and international student enrollment on the Quad Cities Campus both increased. However, as suggested above, the University needs to carefully monitor issues related to price sensitivity. Both campuses also saw decreases in the percent of Pell Grant recipients enrolled at the University.

Table 3: Minority, International, and Pell Grant Recipient Enrollment as a Percent of Total Enrollment
Western Illinois University-Macomb and Quad Cities
Fall 2005 through Fall 2009
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Macomb Campus Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Total Enrollment 12,128 12,231 11,961 11,783 11,266 (517) (4.4%)
Percent Minority 12.2% 12.8% 12.9% 15.1% 16.1% -- 1.0%
Percent International 2.2% 3.1% 2.5% 3.7% 3.4% -- (0.3%)
Percent Pell Grant 34.2% 33.0% 32.2% 32.2% 32.1% -- (0.1%)

Quad Cities Campus Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 2008-09
Number Change
2008-09
Percent Change
Total Enrollment 1,276 1,371 1,370 1,392 1,413 21 1.5%
Percent Minority 9.1% 10.1% 10.1% 11.0% 10.7% -- (0.3%)
Percent International 0.7% 0.6% 0.3% 0.3% 0.7% -- 0.4%
Percent Pell Grant 24.1% 22.4% 24.6% 27.6% 27.1% -- (0.5%)

 

Minority enrollment as a percent of total student enrollment at Western Illinois University-Macomb ranks fifth highest (of 14) among benchmark institutions. Western Illinois University-Quad Cities ranks third lowest among its benchmark institutions. A challenge for all three local higher education institutions in the Quad Cities is to increase minority enrollment.

Table 4: Minority Student Enrollment as a Percent of Total Student Enrollment
Western Illinois University-Macomb and Quad Cities
Fall 2008
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Macomb Peers % Minority
Montclair State 30.9%
Sam Houston State 28.9%
California State - Chico 22.4%
Western Washington 17.6%
Western Illinois 15.1%
Eastern Illinois 13.8%
James Madison 12.5%
Western Kentucky 12.3%
College of Charleston 11.7%
North Carolina - Wilmington 10.8%
Wisconsin - Whitewater 9.6%
Missouri State 7.1%
Appalachian State 7.0%
Northern Iowa 6.2%
Quad Cities Peers
% Minority
Texas A&M - International
90.7%
Governors State
42.2%
Houston - Clear Lake
36.7%
University of Baltimore
34.3%
Pennsylvania State - Harrisburg
17.9%
Illinois - Springfield
17.3%
Western Illinois - Quad Cities
11.0%
Augustana College
9.2%
Saint Ambrose
7.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment Quality Progress

Both the average ACT score and the percent of new freshmen enrolled at the University from the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class increased for the first time in four years. The middle half of the University’s ACT distribution remained constant at 19-23.

Table 5: ACT Score and High School Rank Information: Western Illinois University New Freshmen
Fall 2005 through Fall 2009
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ACT or High School Rank 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Average ACT Score
21.2
21.2
21.2
21.2
21.3
ACT Interquartile Range
20-22
18-23
19-24
19-23
19-23
Freshmen from top 25% of HS Class
22%
20%
22%
22%
24%

 

Compared to peer institutions, Western Illinois University ranks 13th (of 16) in average ACT score, and the ACT interquartile range is tied with Sam Houston State University and ranks 12th. The percent of new freshmen at Western from the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class ranks last and is tied with Eastern Illinois University.

Table 6: ACT Score and High School Rank Information: Western Illinois University - Macomb Benchmark Institutions
Fall 2008
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Average ACT Peers ACT
James Madison 24.0
Missouri State 24.0
Western Washington 24.0
Appalachian State 23.5
College of Charleston 23.5
North Carolina - Wilmington 23.5
Northern Iowa 23.5
Southern Illinois - Edwardsville 22.5
Montclair State 22.0
Wisconsin - Whitewater 22.0
California State - Chico 21.5
Eastern Illinois 21.5
Western Illinois 21.2
Sam Houston State 21.0
Western Kentucky 21.0
Central Washington 20.5
ACT Interquartile Peers Range
James Madison 22-26
Missouri State 21-27
Western Washington 21-27
Appalachian State 21-26
College of Charleston 21-26
North Carolina - Wilmington 21-26
Northern Iowa 21-26
Southern Illinois - Edwardsville 20-25
Wisconsin - Whitewater 20-24
California State - Chico 19-24
Eastern Illinois 19-24
Western Illinois 19-23
Sam Houston State 19-23
Western Kentucky 18-24
Central Washington 18-23
Montclair State 18-23

 

Top 25% of High School Class Peers Top 25%
California State - Chico 76%
James Madison 74%
College of Charleston 62%
North Carolina - Wilmington 62%
Western Washington 61%
Appalachian State 58%
Missouri State 49%
Northern Iowa 48%
Sam Houston State 44%
Western Kentucky 40%
Montclair State 33%
Wisconsin - Whitewater 31%
Central Washington 23%
Western Illinois 22%
Eastern Illinois 22%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty and Administrative Professionals Salary Progress

The high-achieving and diverse students of Western Illinois University are served by a high-achieving, diverse faculty and staff. Both Higher Values in Higher Education and Higher Values in Higher Education 2008-2018 identify faculty and staff salaries that meet and exceed the mean of peer institutions as the highest institutional priority. Compared to Fiscal Year 2008, the University experienced increases in salaries as a percent of peer group averages for instructors and assistant professors, and decreases in similar comparisons for associate professors and professors. Administrative/Professional staff salaries exceed peer group averages.

In reading the data in the table below, it is important to note that salary comparisons are influenced by many factors, including the number of employees in a given classification, the number of years in that classification, etc. With more assistant professors being promoted to associate, for example, the mean salary for assistant professors decreased as the University had a population with fewer years of experience than compared to peer institutions.

Table 7: Average Western Illinois University Salaries Compared to the Mean of Peer Institutions
Fiscal Years 2005 through 2009
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Salaries as a % of Peer Group Averages Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009
Professors
99.7%
99.9%
100.3%
98.9%
96.8%
Associate Professors
95.7%
95.3%
95.5%
94.7%
93.7%
Assistant Professors
92.1%
90.6%
90.6%
89.2%
90.6%
Instructors
87.2%
86.5%
87.5%
90.9%
91.9%
Administrative Professionals
n/a
103.5%
102.9%
103.7%
100.9%

 

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