OUR VIEW: Illinois needs to keep its university students

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THE ISSUE: Enrollment dropping at state colleges

OUR VIEW: Proposed easier admissions a sad fix

Increasingly, Illinois high school seniors are choosing to take their education elsewhere — out of state.

A recent Associated Press story detailed how 46 percent of the state’s high school graduates seeking higher education now go to college in other states. That figure is up markedly compared to 2002, when it was 29 percent.

Enrollment at the state’s public universities has dropped from 204,781 in 2009 to 188,405, a loss of 16,376. It’s as though one college just disappeared.

There are two problems here. The first is the economic effect of lost students: fewer persons paying rent, buying groceries and so on. The second, more serious problem, is the brain drain. Many of the brightest are going elsewhere, and many won’t return.

Illinois has lost population for years. Certainly the state’s budget debacle does not help, nor does the steady drumbeat for higher taxes. If you succeed in Illinois, you will pay more. Those most likely to succeed are trying their luck elsewhere. With 40 years of a professional career ahead of you, Illinois is a tough sell.

A bill in the Illinois legislature aims to address some of the decline. The plan involves simplifying college applications, guaranteeing admission for “B” students and shifting more student aid to the best students to keep them home.

States have long competed to keep businesses by luring them with tax deals. Illinois needs to remember some people are leaving or staying based on the same principles. Are our costs reasonable, weighed against our benefits?

  • This Small Newspaper Group editorial originally ran in the Kankakee Daily Journal.









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February 20, 2018 at 05:49PM

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Heartland names first presidential finalist; forum Thursday

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NORMAL — A longtime administrator at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove will be the first of four finalists for Heartland Community College president to have a public forum on campus.

Melinda Tejada, vice president of student development at Waubonsee, will take part in an open session for the community and alumni from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2210 of the Astroth Community Education Center on the Raab Road campus.

In addition, she will participate in interviews and forums with Heartland employees Thursday and Friday.

Tejada has worked at Waubonsee in various roles since 1988 and has been in her current position since March 2012.

Her responsibilities as vice president include overseeing admissions, records, registration, athletics, financial aid, student life, counseling and career development. She provided leadership for the remodel of the college’s athletics program and the addition of a field house.

She has a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from George Williams College in Downers Grove and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

Waubonsee has four campuses, serving 14,000 students annually. Its athletics program includes six sports each for men and women, plus co-ed cheerleading.

Tejada is the only finalist whose name has been made public by the college. The names of the other finalists will be made public the week of each candidate’s campus visit.

A public session will take place from 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. the first day of each candidate’s visit. The dates for the other finalists’ visits are Feb. 26-27, March 1-2 and March 5-6.

Widmer is the third president in Heartland’s history and has served as leader since June 2013.

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February 20, 2018 at 04:05PM

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SIUE marketing and communications departments capture multiple awards

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EDWARDSVILLE – The SIUE marketing and communications departments have won seven awards from the 2017 Collegiate Advertising Awards contest.

The Collegiate Advertising Awards is a nationwide program who recognizes the talents of collegiate marketing and communications departments from around the country. The awards allow institutions of similar size to compete against each other in all aspects of marketing and promotions.

The entries are judged by marketing professionals with numerous years of experience. Gold, silver and bronze awards are given out by each category. The entries were judged on creativity, layout/design, typography, production, quality and overall effectiveness.

The Cougars earned three gold awards:

Cougars Athletic Bus Wraps in the Outdoor Transit/Airport/Subway–series category
Enrollment Management Recruitment Print Package in the Recruitment-series category
The Graduate View book in the Pocket Folder Category
SIUE also earned silver awards in three categories:

The Cougars Secondary Wordmark in the Logos/Trademarks/Mascots category
The Blast from the Past Photo Series in the Social Media Marketing–series category
The Buzzworthy Research campaign in the Total Advertising Campaigns category
SIUE also earned a bronze award for the International view book in the recruitment category.












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Cubbage retiring as NU spokesman

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Alan Cubbage, who’s led Northwestern University’s communications operations for 21 years, announced today he’ll retire this summer as vice president for university relations.

Cubbage guided the transition of Northwestern’s communications from traditional print media to digital communications, creating the first web communications office, overseeing creation of early versions of the university’s main website and developing the first electronic newsletters for alumni and for students, faculty and staff.

Cubbage will continue to teach as an adjunct lecturer in the Medill School of Journalism’s undergraduate Integrated Marketing Communications program. He also is a speaker at conferences on topics ranging from crisis communications to effective use of online communications.

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro said, “Throughout my presidency, Al has been a trusted colleague, partner and friend. I rely deeply on his wisdom, judgment and commitment to the university. It is hard to imagine working without Al beside me. I am grateful for his contributions and will miss Al a great deal.”

The office of Global Marketing and Communications and the Department of University Relations were merged last year. The new vice president will oversee all of Northwestern’s marketing and communications efforts, including branding, web communications, media relations, publications, strategic communications, internal communications and Northwestern magazine.

Mary Baglivo, former vice president for global marketing and chief marketing officer, who led the university’s global marketing functions, left NU earlier this academic year.

Robert McQuinn, vice president for alumni relations and development, will chair the search committee seeking candidates for a new vice president for global marketing and communications.

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February 20, 2018 at 01:30PM

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Rauner’s budget proposal ‘concerning’ state university presidents

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DeKALB — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2019 budget included cuts to public schools’ pensions and health care expenses.

During his Wednesday State of the Budget address, Rauner said pensions and employee group health expenses have grown, costing the state 25 cents per every dollar spent. Rauner’s four-year plan to cut pensions and health care for those in higher education, as well as public schools in the state, would be phased in at 25 percent increments per year.

“These shifts will save the state $696 million this year,” Rauner said.

The reduced spending could be used to eliminate Illinois’ $2 billion deficit without needing to enact new taxes, Rauner said.

“This is the kind of financial accountability that Illinois taxpayers expect, Rauner said. “It is time we lived up to their expectations.

Pensions and employee group health expenses cost the state more money during fiscal year 2018 compared to K-12 education, Rauner said. The fiscal year 2019 budget would shift those expenses onto those “who do the buying and make them responsible for the paying,” Rauner said.

Matt Streb, Board of Trustees liaison, said Rauner’s proposal to shift pensions and health care costs onto the university “is a major concern” for the other university presidents during Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. He said the governor’s four-year reduction strategy also included a spending cushion.

“Rauner’s budget would provide the university with $82 Million in state funding, 1.9 percent lower than the university’s requested budget proposal to the Illinois Board of Higher Education,” Streb said.

“I want to be very clear what the governor proposed yesterday is the first step in a long process, and what could come out ultimately could be very different,” Streb said.









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February 19, 2018 at 06:25AM

Rauner’s budget proposal ‘concerning’ state university presidents

Rauner’s budget proposal ‘concerning’ state university presidents

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DeKALB — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2019 budget included cuts to public schools’ pensions and health care expenses.

During his Wednesday State of the Budget address, Rauner said pensions and employee group health expenses have grown, costing the state 25 cents per every dollar spent. Rauner’s four-year plan to cut pensions and health care for those in higher education, as well as public schools in the state, would be phased in at 25 percent increments per year.

“These shifts will save the state $696 million this year,” Rauner said.

The reduced spending could be used to eliminate Illinois’ $2 billion deficit without needing to enact new taxes, Rauner said.

“This is the kind of financial accountability that Illinois taxpayers expect, Rauner said. “It is time we lived up to their expectations.

Pensions and employee group health expenses cost the state more money during fiscal year 2018 compared to K-12 education, Rauner said. The fiscal year 2019 budget would shift those expenses onto those “who do the buying and make them responsible for the paying,” Rauner said.

Matt Streb, Board of Trustees liaison, said Rauner’s proposal to shift pensions and health care costs onto the university “is a major concern” for the other university presidents during Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. He said the governor’s four-year reduction strategy also included a spending cushion.

“Rauner’s budget would provide the university with $82 Million in state funding, 1.9 percent lower than the university’s requested budget proposal to the Illinois Board of Higher Education,” Streb said.

“I want to be very clear what the governor proposed yesterday is the first step in a long process, and what could come out ultimately could be very different,” Streb said.









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Rauner’s budget proposal ‘concerning’ state university presidents

Rauner’s budget proposal ‘concerning’ state university presidents

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DeKALB — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2019 budget included cuts to public schools’ pensions and health care expenses.

During his Wednesday State of the Budget address, Rauner said pensions and employee group health expenses have grown, costing the state 25 cents per every dollar spent. Rauner’s four-year plan to cut pensions and health care for those in higher education, as well as public schools in the state, would be phased in at 25 percent increments per year.

“These shifts will save the state $696 million this year,” Rauner said.

The reduced spending could be used to eliminate Illinois’ $2 billion deficit without needing to enact new taxes, Rauner said.

“This is the kind of financial accountability that Illinois taxpayers expect, Rauner said. “It is time we lived up to their expectations.

Pensions and employee group health expenses cost the state more money during fiscal year 2018 compared to K-12 education, Rauner said. The fiscal year 2019 budget would shift those expenses onto those “who do the buying and make them responsible for the paying,” Rauner said.

Matt Streb, Board of Trustees liaison, said Rauner’s proposal to shift pensions and health care costs onto the university “is a major concern” for the other university presidents during Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. He said the governor’s four-year reduction strategy also included a spending cushion.

“Rauner’s budget would provide the university with $82 Million in state funding, 1.9 percent lower than the university’s requested budget proposal to the Illinois Board of Higher Education,” Streb said.

“I want to be very clear what the governor proposed yesterday is the first step in a long process, and what could come out ultimately could be very different,” Streb said.









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