Governors State University Trustees Vote to Freeze Tuition tuition rates for Illinois residents at the state school will remain at $313 per credit hour. School officials say affordability and access to financial aid are essential for students. They say nearly 60 percent of the freshman class received …

Governors State University Trustees Vote to Freeze Tuition

Illinois Bicentennial-themed program to boost math, science pursuits, Ill. — Illinois Bicentennial coordinators are announcing a three-year program to encourage students in low-income areas to pursue careers in technology, medicine, education and business.

Illinois Bicentennial-themed program to boost math, science pursuits

President Dunn and Board of Trustee Chair release statement supporting chancellor’s proposed reorganization

In response to university reorganization proposals, Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn and Board of Trustees Chair Amy Sholar released a statement Wednesday regarding their position.

In the statement, Dunn and Sholar said that during the search for the chancellor, it was clear that SIU needed a leader who would change the university.

“We want the campus to understand we are supportive of Chancellor Montemagno in this important endeavor as we all desire to see the Carbondale campus find its footings once again in those areas where we were once strong,” the statement said. “Chancellor Montemagno has delivered an academic reorganization plan that would certainly change the way the campus operates as it introduces new ideas into what the future might be for SIUC.”

They acknowledged the debate the proposal has caused and said they “wholeheartedly” support every individual’s and group’s right to comment and provide analysis, data and research when offering their position on the changes the reorganization proposes.

“We are proud of the passion that has been ignited on all sides of the reorganization question because it shows a huge community cares about SIU and wants it to succeed,” the statement said.

Dunn and Sholar said in the end the plan is not a “be all end all” for the university. However, they also said, that any plan is meant to an end– in this case, to increase enrollment, the university’s fiscal health and the university’s service to the community.

The proposal is under its required review by faculty and a final decision has not been made yet.

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President Dunn and Board of Trustee Chair release statement supporting chancellor’s proposed reorganization

SIUE School of Nursing’s online master’s among top 100 nationally EDWARDSVILLE – U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SIUE SON) among the top 100 in its 2018 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs lis

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SIUE School of Nursing’s online master’s among top 100 nationally

Eastern will not cut any sports, but plans on reducing scholarships

Eastern President David Glassman announced that, after months of debate, the university will not cut any athletic programs, at the Board of Trustees meeting Friday. The number of scholarships will be reduced. 

University officials anticipate a reduction of one scholarship per current sport over the next two years.

The reduction would not have an impact on current student athletes.

Joseph Dively, the chair of the Board of Trustees, said after comprehensive review, the board decided it is in the best interest of Eastern to keep all of the sports programs.

Eastern has 21 sports programs at the university. The average university competing in the Ohio Valley Conference has 17.

Various groups on campus, such as the Faculty Senate and the Council on University Planning and Budgeting, had been reviewing this issue in their own meetings, but until now no official decision had been made.

Glassman said cutting the amount of scholarships given will help the athletic department not go over budget, while still allowing the university all sports currently on campus.

“The athletic department has to pay for their scholarships. It just doesn’t come from the university—they actually have to pay for it. Their scholarships, because they are student fee dependent, if enrollment goes down, there (are) fewer amounts of dollars that go down to athletics to pay for their scholarships,” Glassman said. “So since our enrollment is down a little bit, what we’re doing is reducing the amount of scholarships because (athletics) can’t afford as many of them.”

Conversations concerning athletics were a conversation even before Eastern started its vitalization project, which looked at programs on campus. There was also a workgroup dedicated to looking at intercollegiate athletics in the vitalization project. While the university ultimately decided not to cut any athletic programs, it did cut one academic program during the vitalization project — Africana Studies, though it still is a minor and taught in general education courses.

However, Glassman said academics and athletics are two completely different issues.

“We want to make sure that the athletic department has success, but at the same time we have to make sure … that they can stay within their budget,” Glassman said. “Really, to make the comparison of why cut this and not cut that, (it’s) just totally different areas, totally different questions, and totally different parameters. It’s just not an apples and apples comparison. A lot of people try to make (it) that, but the situation is much more complex than that.”

Glassman said he came to the decision to keep all athletic programs by weighing all the different factors involved and by listening to the discussions around campus.

“If we were to eliminate sports, that could have a negative impact on our tuition. Not all students have scholarships in sports, and we felt that at this time, it’s important to keep our tuition revenue as high as it is,” Glassman said. “In order for (athletics) to manage their budget, they have to reduce their number of scholarships.”

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Eastern will not cut any sports, but plans on reducing scholarships

Illinois Officials Seek Input On Adult Education Plan


The Illinois Community College Board is calling on residents to give feedback on its draft five-year strategic plan to improve adult education. The plan includes ways to remove financial barriers for adults wanting to pursue post-secondary education. Matt Berry is with the Illinois Community College Board. He said having a college degree is becoming more essential in the workforce. “The economy has changed now, where even manufacturing and some other careers where you could enter straight from high school with a high school diploma now require additional credentialing or post-credential skills,” he said. The draft plan is available on the ICCB website. Informational meetings will be held this week in Bloomington and Palos Hills.

Illinois Officials Seek Input On Adult Education Plan