ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
Illinois’ governor thinks the state’s public universities have been spending too much of their state funding on overhead costs, and they need to be more independent.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said higher education in Illinois needs more resources, but he said those resources need to be spent in the classroom — not on administrative overhead.
“We have a lot of redundancy. We have a lot of overlap. We have a lot of inefficiency and we have a lot of bureaucratic bloat in our university system,” Rauner said.
Meanwhile, the governor said the state’s public university system should be more independent.
“Other states have done a better job,” he said. “They’ve broken their university system away from the state and let them run themselves and let them be a little bit more independent.”
The governor said Illinois’ public universities are de facto state agencies, and that’s not efficient.
“The pensions are broken,” Rauner said. “The work rules, the structure, the bureaucratic inertia is unaffordable and unsustainable, and we’ve got to change that while bringing more resources to the university system. It’s going to take a lot of work.”
A spokesman for the University of Illinois said bureaucracies tend to grow as regulations expand — and there needs to be procurement and regulatory reform to help control costs.
The governor will propose his budget, along with proposed levels of funding for higher education, during his budget address next month.