You can’t ‘turn around’ Illinois by wrecking the state’s public universities

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On March 3, the Tribune published the article “Hundreds of NEIU students to lose jobs as all employees take required furlough days” online. We should also consider the broader effects of furloughs at NEIU and at the state’s other regional universities, which are now facing a second year without adequate funding.

Last year’s furloughs at NEIU resulted in a 20 percent income drop — one workday per week — for faculty and staff who already live close to the bone. More important, it reduced instructional time for students by about one-sixth.

Students have contracted with the university to provide a service that the state is preventing the university from providing, encouraging students to look elsewhere for quality education. Enrollment at Chicago State University has dropped 50 percent over the last few years; this fall, the university enrolled only 86 freshman.

Higher education is one of the state’s most important engines of economic opportunity. One cannot “turn around” Illinois by wrecking the state’s public universities.

— Zachary Schiffman, Chicago

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March 6, 2017 at 07:54AM

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You can’t ‘turn around’ Illinois by wrecking the state’s public universities

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