The real story to keep you eye on is this Midwest Student Exchange Program. If we assume that SIUC has recruiting problems, poor PR, poor public perception compared to other universities in the region, does it make sense to help Illinois students go to other states? In the example from the DE piece
"(SIUC) can even tailor it to their own needs," Sevener said. "The Carbondale campus could decide to offer the program for students in engineering and not in any other discipline."That is great, but if it is financially easier to go out of state it seems like potential SIU students would go. If SIU has the worst story, it seems like students in other states would stay away. So this might be a net win for the students, because it encourages capitalist choice, it is likely to hurt SIUC. Think NAFTA and Mexico.