The economics faculty at Northern Illinois University is about the right size for a university of 17,000 students.  Current enrollment is somewhere in the neighborhood of 23,000, and headquarters wants more.
President John G. Peters charted Northern Illinois University’s course toward the future today, calling for enrollment growth to 30,000 by 2020, attracting more high-performing students and increasing the university’s dedication to hands-on learning that prepares students to be leaders after college.
The president's goals are, fortunately, not mutually exclusive, but if Urbana pursues a similar strategy, by enrolling more full-fare payers from out of state without crowding out Illinois students, so as to substitute tuition revenues for state support, the competition for those high-performing students will be stiffer.

The Northern Star coverage of the State of the University address identifies a number of other hares to chase, including online courses and non-traditional students.

I would like to be able to report that the economics department has been authorized additional searches.

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