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The Chronicle’s Fall 2019 registration tracker

The Chronicle’s Fall 2019 registration tracker

June 10, 2019

Columbia is expecting its luck to change after more than five years of enrollment decline. In a May 20 registration report, total enrollment among graduates and undergraduates was down 485 people, compared...

College finds footing in enrollment decline

College finds footing in enrollment decline

April 5, 2019

Enrollment at Columbia is continuing its years-long downward trend with the Spring 2019 semester, according to the college’s Institutional Effectiveness website. But faculty and administrative le...

Kim on enrollment: ‘We’ve taken it on the chin’

Kim on enrollment: ‘We’ve taken it on the chin’

February 5, 2019

Columbia is nearly half the size it was 10 years ago, but President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim and Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph introduced a 5-year plan Jan. 29 to get enrollment back...

Stop jumping into relationships

Stop jumping into relationships

By Halie Parkinson

October 29, 2018

Filed under Commentary, Opinion

Whether you swipe right on Tinder, scroll through social media or tackle the hook-up culture, the concept of dating surrounds us.We are constantly watching celebrities leap into new relationships, the ...

CPS college enrollment reaches new heights

CPS college enrollment reaches new heights

October 4, 2018

More Chicago Public Schools’ graduates are enrolling in college now than ever before.According to a Sept. 24 press release from the Office of the Mayor, 64.6 percent of graduates from the class of 2017 ...

Editor’s Note: Columbia should brace for future enrollment declines

Editor’s Note: Columbia should brace for future enrollment declines

September 24, 2018

Columbia might be in for more enrollment problems than previously thought if predictions made in a recent report by economists at Carleton College are correct. According to the report, college enr...

College names new vice president of Enrollment Management

College names new vice president of Enrollment Management

July 31, 2018

Michael A. Joseph has been appointed vice president of Enrollment Management, according to a July 31 email announcement from President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim. According to the email announcement, Joseph will manage several areas of the college, including freshman and tra...

Thousands march for immigration policy reform

July 11, 2018

More than 50,000 people gathered at Daley Plaza in sweltering heat June 30 to protest a controversial immigration policy that allows separating families at the southern border.The Families Belong Together march was hosted by 15 organizations, including Indivisible Chicago, Amnesty International and the National Immigrant Justice Center.Protestors that rallied in Daley Plaza were joined by more than 710 events nationwide, including protests in New York City, Washington D.C. and Granbury, Texas.Speakers included Father Michael Pfleger, a social activist, Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, Oscar Chacon, co-founder and executive director of Alianza America—a Latino immigrant advocacy group—and Jean Mishima, president of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, among others. “When we turned ourselves into immigration, I was told my 18-year-old daughter was too old. In that moment [we were] separated, in that moment I began to cry,” said a Salvadoran asylum seeker to her translator as she spoke on stage. Her name was withheld from the public for privacy reasons. “My daughter is still in there, and I am here.” Virginia Martinez, a speaker at the event who visited a detention center in Dilley, Texas, described the conditions of the detention center as having “inadequate medical and psychiatric services.”Martinez recounted stories of women awakened by border agents kicking them, and mothers wrapping their children in blouses and placing them between their legs to keep warm in the frigid holding cells.“We are completely outraged at what has happened to this country,” said Neal Spira, 67, a protestor and dean of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. “The acceptance of immigrants in the U.S. is fundamental to having a free and vibrant society and we don’t want it taken away.”Demonstrators marched south on Clark Street to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office,101 W. Congress Parkway.Protestors chanted “stand up, fight back” and “abolish ICE” as they moved through the streets.In response to growing backlash against the policy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 designed to allow families to stay together, even when detained. The executive order does not end Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of arresting anyone who crosses the border illegally, nor does it address the 2,300 children who have already been separated.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a nationwide injunction June 26 that blocked ICE from separating families and ordered those separated be reunited within 30 days. It also requires the government to reunite children under the age of five with their parents within 14 days, and let children speak with their parents within 10 days.Some protestors, such as Bilal Mujahid, 42, a security professional and protestor at the event from the west suburbs of Chicago, are unsatisfied with the action because children still remain separated.“The executive order came out to [prevent the separation of children], but there are still thousands of children in [prison]-like conditions,” Mujahid said. “How can we, as Americans let that happen?” 

Kim: We have to rethink this together

Kim: We have to rethink this together

February 12, 2018

In a packed room filled with faculty, staff and administration, President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim detailed his vision for the college’s future, addressed ongoing concerns and gave updates on the ...

Study: Climate change endangers Midwest infrastructure

Study: Climate change endangers Midwest infrastructure

October 23, 2017

After the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria on the nation’s southern coasts, Mary Craighead, transportation policy analyst at the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, said she saw a need ...

Enrollment decline continues, college awaits stability

Enrollment decline continues, college awaits stability

October 16, 2017

Columbia’s fall 2017 enrollment fell 10 percent from last fall, marking the ninth consecutive year of declining numbers. The 7,312 students enrolled this fall, including both graduate and undergraduate programs, is 808 fewer than fall 2016’s 8,120 student enrollment, according to ...

Faculty Senate discuss faculty surveys, reaccreditation

Faculty Senate discuss faculty surveys, reaccreditation

September 14, 2017

At its Sept. 8 session, Columbia's Faculty Senate discussed recent survey results showing 38 full-time faculty members expressing they were actively looking for academic positions elsewhere from the college. During the meeting, held at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Associate P...

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