CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman is expected to touch on enrollment strategies among other things when he gives the annual State of the University address.

The address is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dvorak Concert Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center, according to a press release.

This will be the university president's first address not overshadowed by the recently ended state budget divide between the state lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The release notes that Glassman will speak about the university's "fiscal year 2018 budget, enrollment and recruitment trends and strategies."

Recent enrollment numbers showed a slower decline than in years past. As previously reported in the JG-TC, student numbers dipped 5 percent, but this is EIU's lowest fall-to-fall headcount decline in six years.

A sample of major organizational and individual accomplishments over the past year, an update on the ongoing Vitalization Project, and the university’s intention to move forward on initiatives related to its Pathway to Success campaign will be mentioned in the speech, according to the release. 

A written copy of the address will be posted on the EIU president's page of the EIU website following the event, the release noted.


Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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