EIU board OK’s academic reorganization


EIU board OK’s academic reorganization


Friday, June 22, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND)- Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve a plan reorganizing the university’s academic programs.

The realignment plan, part of a two-year revitalization effort, combines some of the university’s colleges and departments but does not cut jobs, school officials said. Among the changes:

  • Create a new College of Health and Human Services, housing the new Department of Human Services and Community Leadership, comprising Communication Disorders and Sciences, Family and Community Services programs and related teacher education programs, Health Promotion, Kinesiology/Recreation Administration, Military Science, and the Dietetics and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.
  • Combine and rename the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which will house the new unified School of Communication and Journalism and a new School of the Arts (Music, Art and Design*, and Theatre), alongside the Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geology/Geography, English, Foreign Language, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice departments.
  • Rename the College of Education and Professional Studies to the College of Education, which will include the renamed School of Extended Learning (Bachelor of General Studies program, Lifelong Learning, and Non-Credit programming); the Office of Education and Student Services; and the Counseling and Student Development, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and the Teaching, Learning and Foundation departments.
  • Eliminate the Center for Academic Technology Services and reassign staff to ITS, Web Services, and the FDIC based on area of expertise.

Administrators hope the changes will improve enrollment, which has slumped in recent years.

Students enroll at universities that have outstanding programs, and that’s what we have here at Eastern,” said provost Jay Gatrell. “This is a way to organize and celebrate what we’re already doing, but also create a foundation for new programs to develop, whether that’s in health and human services, business and technology, education, or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences." 

Board chair Timothy Burke said the school is expecting an increase in the number of incoming freshmen this fall.

“The freshman enrollment is up 29 percent for this fall,” Burke said. “That is a huge improvement.”

Also during the meeting, university President David Glassman announced plans to raise the pay of administrative and professional staff and civil service employees at the university by one percent.

“That one percent increase has been part of the developed budget proposal that was submitted today and reviewed by the Board of Trustees,” Glassman said. “The trustees have provided their support in this endeavor for us to move forward with that.”

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June 22, 2018 at 05:18PM

EIU board OK’s academic reorganization

As Triton faculty contract nears expiration, union raising awareness of negotiations, but ‘no one is talking strike yet’


Triton faculty gathered June 19 outside the school’s Learning Resource Center, wearing matching red T-shirts and holding signs to raise awareness of ongoing contract negotiations before the evening’s board meeting.

The instructors made their presence known during the standing-room-only meeting as well, with at least 10 people speaking about the contract talks, which have been ongoing for about three months.

“These people will come back in July and August and so on if they have to,” said Joe Dusek, the Triton College Faculty Association president and a math professor at the school.

Faculty also packed the board’s meeting room in May to address negotiations. This month, they waited nearly 45 minutes past the meeting’s 7:30 p.m. start time, as the board arrived late from a dinner honoring Triton’s national championship-winning basketball team.

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June 22, 2018 at 03:51PM

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VIDEO: Rauner says higher education need ‘significant new investment’


NORMAL — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday it is time to invest more in maintaining and creating “world-class facilities” at the state’s universities.

His comments came at Illinois State University, where he met with school President Larry Dietz and other top administrators and toured three buildings scheduled to be torn down or extensively renovated as part of a fine arts complex included in the recently passed state budget.

Speaking to a group of faculty and students in the ISU Center for the Performing Arts, Rauner said, “I want significant new investment” in higher education facilities and “updating our technologies.”

“Nothing is more important than education. Our students are our future,” he said.

Noting the growth in funding for K-12 education since he became governor, Rauner said: “Now we have to focus on higher education. … We want a new formula, a new way to allocate.”

In addition to $61.9 million for ISU’s fine arts project, the budget includes money for an innovation network that would be under the umbrella of an institute based at the University of Illinois in Chicago with hubs throughout the state, including at Normal.

“We want more of their faculty and graduates to start businesses in Illinois,” said Rauner, citing the need for a “nurturing environment for our faculty and our young people.”

Dietz said after the governor’s news conference that he has spoken “in very general terms” with U of I President Timothy Killeen about ISU being one of the hubs for entrepreneurs.

“We’re certainly willing to work with them,” especially if it would help the Illinois economy, said Dietz.

Rauner drew applause when he mentioned the money for the fine arts complex.

“This is a great first step, but it’s just a first step,” the governor said.

ISU has been waiting for nearly 10 years.

The project was initially included in a public works program in 2009 — at that point the price tag was $54 million. It calls for tearing down Centennial West and the Center for the Visual Arts and building a new facility adjacent to Centennial East, which would be extensively renovated.

Rauner got a firsthand looks at the problems with the existing facilities during a tour of the buildings.

Chuck Scott, interim associate vice president for facilities management, planning and operations, told the governor, “We have heating and ventilation problems throughout the three buildings.”

In addition, the university has been plagued with plumbing-related problems, roof leaks and delamination of ceramic tiles on the outside of one building.

Rauner was shown rooms with ceiling tiles missing because of leaks and rooms where computers and other equipment must be kept covered for protection from potential leaks.

Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

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June 22, 2018 at 06:38AM

VIDEO: Rauner says higher education need ‘significant new investment’

SIU trustees to consider ousting president, but details on why are lacking


A push to replace Southern Illinois University’s president has regained steam two weeks after a chaotic fracas in which a small faction of the board maneuvered to oust him on its own.

The board is scheduled to meet Thursday to weigh putting President Randy Dunn on administrative leave and appointing an acting leader. Dunn has served as SIU’s president, overseeing the campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville, since 2014.

The “why” for seeking Dunn’s ouster remains a mystery. Trustee Joel Sambursky, among the officials pushing for the meeting, said the board recently received information that so poorly reflects on Dunn’s conduct that it necessitates his going on leave while outside attorneys investigate his actions. The information came to light after the board’s most recent meeting in late May, Sambursky said.

But for weeks, Sambursky has refused to reveal the substance of that material, saying only that it is contained within documents all board members received in response to an open records request. The board also is expected to consider releasing those documents to the public Thursday. Board Chairwoman Amy Sholar and Trustee Shirley Portwood previously said they did not know what new issue or problem has arisen with Dunn’s leadership. They could not be reached for comment.

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June 21, 2018 at 05:54AM

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She embezzled $230,000 from SIUE. Now she’s entitled to a state pension


Candace Wanzo, who was convicted of embezzling money from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has left her state job but remains under investigation for allegations of wrongdoing in the secretary of state’s office after being placed on paid administrative leave nearly 14 months ago.

Her final check on May 31 included $21,000 for unused vacation and sick time. State officials would not say whether she was fired or resigned, but only that she remains under investigation for unspecified wrongdoing connected to her supervision of an office that processed requests for specialty and vanity license plates.

Wanzo could not be reached for comment.

Wanzo, 54, of Centrailia, was convicted in federal court in East St. Louis in 1993 of stealing $233,500 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville while employed in the school’s financial office. According to news stories at the time, she told a judge she spent the money on “clothes, lingerie and vacations.”

She received probation and was ordered to repay the university. As of last year she had repaid just 38 percent, or about $88,000, of the money. A current tally was not immediately available.

Despite her felony conviction, she was hired in 1999 to work as a supervisor in the office of Secretary of State Jesse White, where she rose to “Executive 5” or division manager, spokesman Dave Drucker said in a written response.

“Candace Wanzo is no longer on the secretary of state payroll,” Drucker said. “I am limited in what I can say because of personnel rules. The investigation is ongoing.”

When Wanzo left on May 31 she was paid $87,336 per year and as a state worker is entitled to a pension.

Wanzo came to public attention last year through a statement from White that he was “…troubled by … recent developments,” referring to unspecified allegations of wrongdoing by Wanzo that were turned over to the department’s inspector general for investigation. Spokespersons would not provide any specifics during the nearly 14 months Wanzo had been paid while on administrative leave.

A review of federal criminal and bankruptcy records for Wanzo revealed that she attempted to have the restitution dropped from her total debt, but a lawyer for the university intervened and the judge ordered that the money must be repaid.

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June 20, 2018 at 05:52AM

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That’s fine, U. of C., but ACT and SAT tests aren’t just for colleges


A quick pop quiz: The University of Chicago surprised the education world when it decided to A) no longer require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores; B) move to Indiana; C) stop admitting students from Canada; or D) issue each student a comfort pet.

Did you choose A? Good.

In an effort to lower barriers to admission, U. of C. has become the first top-10 research university to make submitting standardized test scores optional. The school coupled its decision with a few other changes — including expanded financial aid and scholarship opportunities — to increase access for first-generation, low-income and minority students.

Instead, the university says it will take a “holistic” approach to its admissions decisions, focusing more on students’ essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation, video introductions and other nontraditional materials.

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June 19, 2018 at 05:57PM

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Rauner touts higher education money during WIU-QC visit


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said education reforms in the recently passed state budget will definitely help Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

Appearing before some 100 students, faculty and others Thursday afternoon at the Riverfront Hall in Moline, Rauner said he believes a number of things in the state budget will help the students immediately.

“The immediate thing is we got the budget passed,” he said. “We got the MAP (Monetary Award Program) grants fully funded (for all four years of a student’s education). We got $25 million more coming to our state institutions of higher ed. And we’ve got immediate help on getting the support for this year.”

But, he quickly added, more work is needed. Among the things he plans to tackle are adding more resources while greatly reducing or eliminating mandates, restrictions, requirements and procurement, pension, hiring limitations and bureaucracy.

“Higher education, this is our time,” Rauner said.

“What we’ve got to do, is we need more every year going forward from here,” he said. “It’s a start. But every year going forward (we need to) get more. That’s our commitment.”

During his approximately 13-minute talk, Rauner discussed his efforts not just for higher education but also for K-12 classes, which he said had been cut every year since 2002 before he took office. “The state had one of the biggest gaps between what lower income schools received per student and what higher income schools received,” he said. “It was a real gap, a real disparity. That was denying the American dream to too many families, too many young people who were growing up without the resources that maybe higher income families had.”

It was wrong, and it’s why he ran for office, he said, adding that it’s now been corrected through a new funding formula that is more fair. “Every year that I have been governor we have put more funding in our K-through-12 schools,” he added. “This year we will put $1.4 billion more into K-through-12 schools than before I was in office.”

Rauner also addressed concerns over declining enrollments at Illinois colleges and universities.

“We’ve had enrollment shrinkage at many higher-education institutions in Illinois in recent years,” he said. “But, frankly, this has been going on for decades. We’ve been losing students, and many of our universities have had shrinking enrollments.

“This is a challenge we need to take on by getting the mandate relief on our schools, getting more state support but bringing down the cost structure,” he said.

Some state universities overlap each other, offering the same degrees for the same programs, he said. Some schools do it more cost-efficiently than others.

“So we need to have a rationalization across the state university system, so some focus on areas of education for themselves that may be different than other campuses,” he said.

Western trustee Carolyn Ehlert Fuller, said she liked what she heard from the governor, starting with the 2 percent increase in funding for higher education. “That right off the bat is a big thing,” she said, “.because we have had years where there was little funding or much less than in the past.”

Dr. Joe Rives, university vice president for the Quad-Cities and planning, said he heard a number of items in Rauner’s comments that excited him.

“Absolutely, the $25 million to invest in higher education financial aid was key for Western Illinois University,” Rives said. “We serve a high percentage of students on financial aid. So this is just great news for us.

“It (the new budget) actually serves all 12 (state) universities,” he added. “And a rising tide lifts all boats.”

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June 19, 2018 at 06:39AM

Rauner touts higher education money during WIU-QC visit