Summer school enrollment is down at SIU.
The total number of students dropped by 610, roughly 7-percent from last year.
SIU President Glenn Poshard says the University targets students from working-class families, which is part of the concern.
"A lot of the kids that come to SIU Carbondale go home to work in the summer because they have to earn money to come back in the fall,” Poshard says.
Chancellor Rita Cheng says she noticed the down trend last year and started a task force to look at reasons why summer enrollment is down.
Cheng says what they found is that the decline in the amount of financial aid available in the summer contributed to the decline.
The task force came back with some recommendations. Among them, expanding the online curriculum to appeal to students who go home for the break to work.
“We're also going to identify the most popular courses and the courses students need to graduate,” Cheng says.
Those changes will be implemented next year. One change implemented this year is lowering the amount of credit hours required for an on-campus job. Cheng says that should help more students pay for tuition.