Facts And Figures
Carl Sandburg College is a public, two-year community college with an enrollment of 2,700 students. We offer three locations in west-central Illinois, with the Main Campus in Galesburg, the Branch Campus in Carthage and the Extension Center in Bushnell.
- 36% of in-district, college-bound students attend Sandburg
- 14% ethnic minority
- 63% female
- 43% attend part-time
- Average class size: 17
- 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 18 public high schools and one private high school in district
- 31% Baccalaureate Transfers
Average student is 27 years of age
•Approximately 500 degrees & certificates are awarded every year. More than 18,500 degrees & certificates have been awarded since the College’s inception.
*Based on 2014 Fall enrollment, fiscal year 2015 data
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K-12 Public High Schools...
Spoon River Valley
George Washington Gale Scholars Program
Education to Careers Partnership
Knox County Housing Authority
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Galesburg Area Vocational Center (GAVC)
Delabar Vocational Education System
Western Area Career System (WACS)
Knox County Health Department
Area Chambers of Commerce
Area Economic Development Entities (i.e., GREDA)
Hancock County Business & Education Partners
Workforce Investment Act
Regional Hospitals & Private Practice Offices/Clinics
Financial Statement FY 2014
Equalized Assessed Valuation $1.4 Billion
Budget - All Funds $30.0 Million
Operating Budget $15.1 Million
Operating Sources of Revenues
Local Taxes 33%
State Grants/Contracts 13%
Federal/Local Grants/Contracts 22%
Operating Expenditures by Object
Salaries & Benefits 72%
Capital Outlay 1%
Contractual Services 6%
Fixed Charges 1%
Meeting Expenses 1%
Operating Expenditures by Function
Instruction & Educational Services Instruction 44%
Student Services 12%
Institutional Support 29%
Operations & Maintenance 11%
Public Services, Scholarships, Grants & Waivers 1%
Carl Sandburg College...
- Has an estimated annual impact equivalent to over $26 million on the district’s economy.
- The Sandburg Foundation has an endowment fund over $3,800,000 and administered scholarships last year for approximately 250 Sandburg students.
- Approximately 68% of the student body receive financial assistance.
- Has expended an average of 48% of its operating budget on instructional services over the past 15 budget years.
Economic Impact on Region
- 96% of employers in the Sandburg district hired a Sandburg student during the past 10 years — 16% more than the state average for hiring community college students.
- 36.8% of area workers participated in credit courses at Sandburg (compared to 30% for state average).
- On average, Sandburg students who completed their education in 2005 and worked year-round saw a 41.7% increase in earnings.
- Students who complete a program of study can expect to earn $336,845 more over the course of a lifetime compared to those who do not attend college.
- Sandburg graduates who are employed full-time average $27,895 in annual earnings — well above the state’s minimum wage.
*The Economic Impact of Illinois Community Colleges, Northern Illinois
University Center for Governmental Studies
Student Costs 2014-2015...
Per-semester-hour tuition rate & fees – $145.00*
Average tuition charge for one course – $435.00*
Average tuition charge for one year, full-time (average of 14 hrs./semester) – $4,060.00*
*Based on Fall 2014 tuition rates (subject to change)
Does not include occupational and/or allied health program fees.
2009 population 105,835
Square miles 2,834
District 518 includes all or part of 10 counties:
Henry, Mercer, Schuyler, Knox, Warren, Henderson, Hancock, McDonough, Fulton, and Stark.
*2010 U.S. Census
Business & Industry
For Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Schuyler, and Warren Counties – 5,170 business with 68,604 employed:
36% Service Business
25% Govt. - State, Local & Federal
21% Trade, Transport, & Utilities
4% Financial Activities
*Illinois Department of Employment Security (Data for 2014, 3rd, Qtr.)
Courses & Programs
- 44 Degrees & Certificates in occupational fields
- 5 University transfer degrees (AA, AS, AFA, AAT, AES)
- 869 credit courses *ICCB Approved Course List
- 710 credit/non-credit personal and professional development classes *ICCB Approved Course List
- 74 dual credit sections (92 credit, 2 cont. ed.)*
- 342 evening course offerings (157 credit, 93 cont. ed.)*
- 104 online courses (201 credit, 2 cont. ed.)
51 Full-time faculty
108 Part-time faculty
18 Full-time support staff
22 Full-time administrators
25 Full-time technical staff
32 Full-time mid-management staff
27 Full-time physical plant/security staff
20 Part-time support staff/technical/
mid-management/physical plant staff
33 Hourly staff, 10 Work-study students
*January 2015 Staff Survey
Technology & The Virtual Campus
- Students looking for convenience and flexibility will find it with over 102 credit and non-credit online classes, interactive distance learning classes, and many other methods available currently being offered.
- Every classroom, office, and computer in every district building is connected to the Internet over the College’s wireless wide area network (WAN), spanning 10 counties (or 3,000 square miles) in west central Illinois.
- All Sandburg campuses are wireless. A student with a laptop or handheld device and a wireless LAN card could access the Internet from within any Sandburg facility.
Many service departments support student success in incredibly diverse ways, from the traditional (counseling, financial aid, employment resources, registration) to the non-traditional (on-campus child care, fitness center, free tutoring, study skills workshops, student leadership conferences, and supplemental instruction).
The Sandburg Tech Help Desk is staffed Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help students, faculty, and staff with their tech support needs.
The Sandburg Faculty Teaching/Learning Center, located on the Main Campus, features state-of-the-art technology and support for faculty integrating technology into their curriculum.