higher education http://wuis.org en UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement http://wuis.org/post/uis-enforcing-campus-housing-requirement <p>About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield had decided to make a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that both honor and traditional students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd year of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.</p><p>With the cost of housing along with more incoming students and their parents wanting to save money, could this requirement really be worth it in the long run?</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:10:00 +0000 Kaitie Devlin 29952 at http://wuis.org UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement Univ. Of Illinois Will Try To Retain Faculty Who Retired Under Wrong Pension Interpretation http://wuis.org/post/univ-illinois-will-try-retain-faculty-who-retired-under-wrong-pension-interpretation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Officials at the University of Illinois say they are willing to work to retain faculty who opted to retire early as a result of mistakes in the state's pension overhaul.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a small typo, but it turned out to have big consequences for the state's public universities and community colleges.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:48:39 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25140 at http://wuis.org Univ. Of Illinois Will Try To Retain Faculty Who Retired Under Wrong Pension Interpretation Decision Could Come Today On Pension Delay http://wuis.org/post/decision-could-come-today-pension-delay <p>A hearing set for this afternoon could determine if some, or even all, of Illinois' new pension law will be suspended.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pension law is supposed to take effect next month.</span></p><p>The We Are One coalition of unions wants a hold put on the entire law, until a broader lawsuit seeking to have it declared unconstitutional is resolved.</p><p>Anders Lindall is a spokesman for AFSCME, the state's largest public employees union. He says once someone retires, that can't be reversed.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25061 at http://wuis.org Decision Could Come Today On Pension Delay Deal Reached On University Pensions http://wuis.org/post/deal-reached-university-pensions <p>Even as the "We Are One" broad coalition of unions seeks to prevent any of the pension law from taking effect next month, a new agreement would prevent parts of it from being implemented.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It mostly affects university and community college employees nearing the end of their careers.</span></p><p>The deal, between the State Universities Annuitants Association and the attorney general, could put a stop to a surge of retirements at Illinois' public universities.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:49:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24982 at http://wuis.org Deal Reached On University Pensions Professor Says Higher Ed Spending Brings Long Term Benefits http://wuis.org/post/professor-says-higher-ed-spending-brings-long-term-benefits <p></p><p>Illinois budget cutting has targeted higher education for more than a decade.&nbsp;&nbsp; But a professor who has studied funding for colleges says it actually leads to more state financial problems.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Walter McMahon is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Illinois.&nbsp; He says more investment would serve the state well in the future.</p><p><em>McMahon's column below on higher education spending is part of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs' <a href="http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox">Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox</a>.</em></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24163 at http://wuis.org Professor Says Higher Ed Spending Brings Long Term Benefits U of I Plans Presidential Search Panel http://wuis.org/post/u-i-plans-presidential-search-panel <p></p><p>The University of Illinois hopes to have a new president selected by January. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports a 19-member search committee will be appointed in May to recruit and review candidates to replace President Robert Easter. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:44:44 +0000 Associated Press 20393 at http://wuis.org U of I Plans Presidential Search Panel Universities Feeling Pressure From Decreased Enrollment http://wuis.org/post/universities-feeling-pressure-decreased-enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Enrollment is down at many of Illinois' public universities. As Hannah Meisel reports, the lost tuition is hurting schools' bottom line.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the state has cut funding to higher education, universities have made up for the losses by raising tuition. But when there are fewer students to pay, colleges feel the squeeze all over again.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:06:51 +0000 Hannah Meisel 20117 at http://wuis.org Universities Feeling Pressure From Decreased Enrollment Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities http://wuis.org/post/minimum-wage-debate-moves-universities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The president of Southern Illinois University came out against raising the state's minimum wage on Thursday. President Glenn Poshard says it'd be too big a hit on the school's bottom line.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the battle for a higher minimum wage brews in Springfield, </span>Poshard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> warns of casualties in Carbondale and </span>Edwardsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Programs at those two campuses, he says, would be hurt in the long run.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:55:35 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19385 at http://wuis.org Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities Former State Superintendent Becomes SIU President http://wuis.org/post/former-state-superintendent-becomes-siu-president <p>A former Illinois state superintendent of education has been chosen as Southern Illinois University's new president. &nbsp;</p><p>The SIU board of trustees announced Monday that Randy J. Dunn will be the university's eighth president, replacing Glenn Poshard. Poshard is retiring in June. &nbsp;<br />Dunn is currently president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. &nbsp;</p><p>Randal Thomas is chairman of the SIU board. He says Dunn ``has both the skills and the background to ensure that SIU continues to live up to its mission of providing a quality education.'' &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:07:54 +0000 Associated Press 19156 at http://wuis.org Former State Superintendent Becomes SIU President Interview: Lincoln Land Community College President Charlotte Warren http://wuis.org/post/interview-lincoln-land-community-college-president-charlotte-warren <p>When the Crown III coal mine south of Springfield recently closed, <a href="http://www.llcc.edu/">Lincoln Land Community College </a>stepped in. The school's truck driver training has offered special classes to displaced workers.&nbsp; President Charlotte Warren says the classes are full, although more could be held. &nbsp;<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 17532 at http://wuis.org Interview: Lincoln Land Community College President Charlotte Warren U Of I Proposes Tuition Hike For Fall http://wuis.org/post/u-i-proposes-tuition-hike-fall <p>University of Illinois Trustees have been asked to increase tuition within the rate of inflation for next academic year.</p><p>At their meeting in Chicago next week, they’ll be asked to raise it by 1.7 % on the three campuses, the same increase approved for last fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Trustees committee recommended the plan Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>It would raise tuition for in-state students to about $12,000 at the Urbana-Champaign campus, nearly $10,600 in Chicago and around $9,400 in Springfield.&nbsp; Only incoming students would pay the higher rates.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Jeff Bossert 16867 at http://wuis.org U Of I Proposes Tuition Hike For Fall 40% Of Students Finish College Where They Start http://wuis.org/post/40-students-finish-college-where-they-start <p>Only 4 in 10 students who entered college in 2007 have earned<br />degrees from the school where they started.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:18:02 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 15180 at http://wuis.org 40% Of Students Finish College Where They Start White Named Permanent President At Millikin http://wuis.org/post/white-named-permanent-president-millikin <p>Millikin University in Decatur has a new president. &nbsp;<br />Trustees at the school hired interim president Patrick White to take the post permanently. He began working in the interim position in July. &nbsp;<br />The 64-year-old succeeds Rich Dunsworth, who also held the interim job after Harold Jeffcoat retired in January. &nbsp;<br />White had worked as president of Wabash College in Indiana and says he&#39;s excited to make the Millikin position permanent. &nbsp; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:20:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 10654 at http://wuis.org White Named Permanent President At Millikin How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges http://wuis.org/post/how-slavery-shaped-americas-oldest-and-most-elite-colleges A few years ago, Brown University <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Research/Slavery_Justice/">commissioned a study </a>of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:59:00 +0000 editor 9043 at http://wuis.org How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges Debt Is Crushing College Students http://wuis.org/post/debt-crushing-college-students <p>It costs more to go to college these days.&nbsp; And the way many afford it is to take out loans.&nbsp; Paying that money back can be more difficult that most realize. The average college student leaves school with more than $26,000 of debt and a growing number are defaulting on their loans.&nbsp;</p><p>Zach Baliva wrote the cover story on the topic in the current edition of the <a href="http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/">Illinois Times.</a>&nbsp; He is also hoping to make a <a href="http://deferredmovie.com/">documentary film</a> about student debt.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 8865 at http://wuis.org Debt Is Crushing College Students UIS And Other Schools See Larger Freshman Classes http://wuis.org/post/uis-and-other-schools-see-larger-freshman-classes <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Associated Press 8801 at http://wuis.org UIS And Other Schools See Larger Freshman Classes U Of I President Gets Pay Raise http://wuis.org/post/u-i-president-gets-pay-raise <p>The University of Illinois is giving President Bob Easter a $90,000 bonus and a pay raise. &nbsp;<br>University trustees approved the bonus and raise for Easter at their regular board meeting Thursday in Urbana. &nbsp;<br>The bonus is part of a new incentive-based compensation plan for Easter. The bonus was based on the three-campus university system reaching set goals for cost reduction, enrollment and other factors under Easter. &nbsp;<br>Easter's base pay will increase 2.75 percent to $462,375. Most university employees are getting 2.75 percent raises. &nbsp; Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:02:03 +0000 Associated Press 8793 at http://wuis.org U Of I President Gets Pay Raise UIS Sees Slight Increase In Fall Enrollment http://wuis.org/post/uis-sees-slight-increase-fall-enrollment <p>Fall 2013 enrollment at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is up by nearly 100 students compared to the previous fall semester. According to the official fall census, the total number of students enrolled at UIS after the first 10 days of classes is 5,137. This marks the fourth year enrollment has topped 5,000 students. Last fall’s enrollment was 5,048.</p><p>Overall, the number of freshmen students attending UIS jumped by 20% this semester. That makes it the largest freshman class in UIS history.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 8647 at http://wuis.org UIS Sees Slight Increase In Fall Enrollment Higher Ed Leader Says President's Plan Reflects Illinois Efforts http://wuis.org/post/higher-ed-leader-says-presidents-plan-reflects-illinois-efforts <p></p><p>President Obama has plans for higher education in the U-S.&nbsp; His ideas are a mix of old and new, aimed at keeping college affordable for students but also trying to raise the bar on quality of instruction.<br>In Illinois,&nbsp; some of what the President wants is already part of the landscape.&nbsp; For example, Illinois has moved toward tying a small portion of state funding to graduation rates and other metrics. &nbsp;<br>The Illinois Board of Higher Education's Executive Director says some of the other changes the President is pushing won't be so easy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:01:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 8326 at http://wuis.org Higher Ed Leader Says President's Plan Reflects Illinois Efforts U of I President Wants Annual Raises For Employees http://wuis.org/post/u-i-president-wants-annual-raises-employees <p>The president of the University of Illinois says he hopes faculty and staff members will be able to get a raise next year. &nbsp;<br>Bob Easter made his comments Thursday ahead of the start of the school year, which kicks off Monday. &nbsp;<br>The Champaign News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/152WQuj ) Easter spoke during a meeting with faculty from the school's three campuses. He says it's his ``goal to have a salary program next year.'' &nbsp;<br>Many U of I employees got a 2.75 percent merit-based raise this year. &nbsp; Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:59:09 +0000 Associated Press 7777 at http://wuis.org U of I President Wants Annual Raises For Employees Debate Over University Research Open Access http://wuis.org/post/debate-over-university-research-open-access-0 <p>Illinois' public universities could have to share more of their research, under a new state law.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pick a subject. Any subject.&nbsp; And two things are likely true:</span></p><p>-someone at a university is researching it, and</p><p>-the results of that research are getting published, probably in a scholarly journal.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:41:52 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7215 at http://wuis.org Republicans Propose Tuition Tax Breaks http://wuis.org/post/republicans-propose-tuition-tax-breaks <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">With college tuition on the rise, Illinois House Republicans say they want to give working class families a break, and an incentive to go to a school in state.</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4252 at http://wuis.org Republicans Propose Tuition Tax Breaks