Timothy Killeen, President, University of Illinois

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Timothy Killeen
President, University of Illinois

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Timothy Killeen, President, University of Illinois

U of I President Praises New State Budget

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The University of Illinois is slated to receive an extra $11.6 million under the new state budget approved by lawmakers this week. U of I President Timothy Killeen said the two percent increase in state spending on higher education will bring the university system’s total budget for the next fiscal year to just under $600 million.
Killeen said the increase in funding is less than what university administrators asked for from the state. But he said he’s still "delighted" by the budget deal.
“With those dollars we’re going to be recruiting faculty, we’re going to be growing our enrollment — notably Illinois residents — and we’re going to be upgrading our facilities, our classrooms, our laboratories," Killeen said in an interview with Illinois Public Media Thursday afternoon. 
Killeen said he’s also relieved state lawmakers chose not to shift millions in state pension costs to universities and colleges in the new budget plan. 
If lawmakers had chosen to shift pensions costs onto state universities, Killeen said that move would have cost the U of I tens of millions of dollars. And while he’s happy lawmakers chose not to go that route, he said he’s not opposed to the idea — so long as that cost shift happens gradually. He said the university system should help the state get its fiscal house in order, and “it’s also important for us to have a very competitive benefits and pension program so we can recruit world class scholars and educators.” 
Killeen said he thinks it’s in the U of I’s best interest to control pensions for its employees. But, he said, it has to be a gradual shift — something that happens over one or two decades, not one or two years.
In general, he said, newly approved budget provides more stability for the university, and it means lawmakers prioritized investment in higher education.

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May 31, 2018 at 06:18PM

U of I President Praises New State Budget

NIU signing onto funding bill brought forth by University of Illinois System

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DeKALB – Northern Illinois University has signed onto a proposal from the University of Illinois System that seeks to provide predictable state funding for universities in exchange for measurable performance standards.

NIU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved to sign on during its Thursday meeting. Acting President Lisa Freeman said the proposed Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment, if approved, will restore stable and dependable state funding for university operations over the next five years.

“This compact between NIU and the state of Illinois is aimed at both restoring financial stability and boosting confidence in the value of an Illinois public university education,” Freeman said in a news release. “We take seriously our responsibility to be good stewards of public funds, and we welcome the opportunity to show, in a regular, transparent reporting system, how those investments are paying off.”

Tom Killeen, president of the U of I System, said the legislation, which was introduced in the General Assembly in November 2016, was designed to ensure student success and academic quality in light of the state’s two-year budget impasse. NIU was added to a revised bill that was introduced Thursday.

In return for a fiscal 2019 appropriation of $93 million, NIU would commit to meet a number of performance standards, including half of new freshmen coming from underserved populations and NIU maintaining an overall retention rate in undergraduate programs of at least 75 percent.

NIU also would increase accountability to the state by providing an annual report card on key indicators such as freshman and transfer enrollment, degrees issued and appropriations per undergraduate degree and as a percentage of total spending.

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NIU signing onto funding bill brought forth by University of Illinois System

Rauner announces new appointments

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Rauner announces new appointments

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