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Maxwell, Lyle||Woolschlager, Ruth B.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Business Education


Junior colleges--Illinois


The assessed valuation and the population of Maine Township has been increasing at a much faster rate than Morton, Lyons or Thornton Township, yet these areas have Junior colleges and enrollments from 800 to 1,600 students. Maine’s high school enrollment is 26.6 per cent higher than that of Morton, the community with the largest population. In comparing the actual tax that the home owner pays, we find that Maine is second to Thornton, another area that is experiencing a fast growth. Thornton is second to Maine in the field of expansion. This seems to indicate that with a rapid expansion program there are higher taxes. However, the only area that has a marked difference in tax is Morton Township, which is the eldest and most established area. Comparing Maine Township to other selected townships that have successful Junior colleges, we find that Maine is in as good a position or even a better position to build and support a Junior college. At present approximately 70 per cent of the students graduating from high schools in Maine Township attend institutions of higher learning. If this per cent continues and the per cent of student applications being turned down by universities (due to lack of space) continues to increase, many of the graduates from this area might lose their opportunity to attend college. The lack of space coupled with the increased cost of sending a child to college has already forced some graduates of Maine Township to end their formal education after high school. In the study it Is estimated that if a Junior college were opened in the Maine Township area it could expect an enrollment of well over a thousand students within two or three years.


Includes bibliographical references.


56 pages




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