NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT INCREASES AT GREENVILLE COLLEGE
Greenville College has seen a 13 percent increase in graduate and adult program enrollment from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Pepper Dill, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, credits the current economy situation with causing more adults to examine the benefit of higher education. The increase in the numbers of nontraditional students is likely to continue as the economy struggles to recover. To prepare for the trend, Greenville College increased programs for 2009, catering to nontraditional students. Peoria is a new location for a degree completion program and the partnership with Kaskaskia College is being expanded. An increase in federal financial assistance may also help students with tuition costs.
COLLECTION OF MERCURY SWITCHES DOUBLE
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott reports that additional mercury is being removed from the environment through a recycling and collection program for vehicle mercury switches. The number of switches collected doubled in 2008 due in part to an incentive program that started last year. The Illinois Mercury Switch Removal Act became law in 2006, requiring auto-makers to develop a free mercury collection program.