Higher Education

Just days after Moody's warned of a potential credit downgrade for Illinois' public universities, Standard & Poor's took action to lower the credit of a couple - and placed three on a negative watch list.

Faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield have voted to authorize a strike.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

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Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

A procedural move stymied plans to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow from SIU Edwardsville Thursday, but leaders say the idea isn’t dead.

House Democrats are working on a proposal to fund fiscally starving social services and higher education.

The more than 750 million dollar plan uses money sitting in unused special state funds, directing dollars towards state colleges and universities as well as MAP grants.

Last week, when Southern Illinois University revealed that its main campus in Carbondale needs to borrow money from its Edwardsville location, the news seemed shocking. Who knew SIU was in such dire straits? It wasn’t the kind of news any school would want to broadcast.

The University of Illinois is proposing a financial aid package designed to keep students at Illinois schools.

The U of I's "Invest in Illinoisans" plan would provide 170 million dollars a year in aid to undergrads and hopefully stem the tide of kids heading to other states.

There are 9,469 students enrolled at Western Illinois University this spring semester. It's the first time this century Western's student body has dropped below 10,000.

An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

The News-Gazette reports the House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

A state representative from Chicago is trying to bring the spirit of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Illinois. His idea? Free tuition at Illinois' public universities.

Democrat Will Guzzardi knows Illinois will not be providing free college tuition anytime soon.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago State University is getting a whole new slate of leaders.

The school has struggled financially for the last few years due in part to the state's budget impasse.

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Progress Illinois

A preliminary report on college enrollment in Illinois shows a decline at all sectors of higher education.

As 2016 winds to a close, university leaders across the state are growing less optimistic that Illinois leaders will come to a compromise on funding for the rest of the fiscal year.

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University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is strengthening its ties with Mexico through new academic and research partnerships.

IBHE Awards Emergency Funds to 3 Universities

Nov 23, 2016

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved $17 million in emergency funding to help three financially-strapped state universities through the end of the year.

Furlough Rule Approved for University Employees

Nov 15, 2016

Employees at state colleges and universities in Illinois are now subject to 15 days of furlough -- a measure meant to avoid layoffs.

If you were a soldier in World War II, a furlough was something to look forward to. It was a sanctioned leave of absence from your normal duties, a chance to relax and go have some fun. In today's economy, the word furlough has lost some of its luster. It still connotes time off, but without pay.

Tomorrow, Jeff Brownfield, who represents university civil service employees, will appear before the General Assembly's rules committee to ask lawmakers to approve a measure allowing state schools to require employees to take as many as 15 days off without pay.

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USA Today

Employees at Illinois' public colleges and universities could soon have to take a pay cut.

A new rule, pending before lawmakers, would allow schools to force up to 15 days off without pay.

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WTTW, Chicago Tonight

University leaders say they’re living with the uncertainty that’s come with more than a year without a full state budget – and still not sure what the future holds across Illinois.

Time is winding down on Illinois' stop-gap spending measure, which expires in early January. But many state lawmakers are in campaign mode so nothing is being done to complete a full budget for Illinois.

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin is pleading with school administrators to help prevent for-profit colleges from recruiting their students. His comments today came during a statewide meeting of school principals. 

Low-income university students had until early March this year to fill out a form that allowed them to take advantage of Illinois' primary financial aid program.

Incoming and continuing college students can't wait that long if they hope to receive a "MAP grant" for the next school year.

That form, known as the FAFSA (short for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid) came out early this year, at the start of October, Which means the deadline has moved up for everyone.

There's another reason to get the forms in quickly.

FAFSA Applications Open Early for 2017

Oct 3, 2016

College students and their families now have more time to apply for financial aid.

"I believe the intellectual life of the whole of Western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups ..."

So wrote the British physicist and novelist C. P. Snow in his famous "The Two Cultures" Rede Lecture delivered at Cambridge University in 1959.

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign surged in part because of his tuition-free college platform. Now one of Sanders' backers -- State Representative Will Guzzardi -- is bringing that concept to Illinois.


This school year, the University of Chicago has put the debate over "trigger warnings" on campus back in the news. The University told incoming freshmen that, because of its commitment to freedom of expression, it does not support warnings to students about potentially difficult material.

But amid all the attention to trigger warnings, there have been very few facts about exactly how common they are and how they're used.

Overall enrollment at SIU's Carbondale campus is now below 16,000 students.

Southeast Missouri State University is reporting a record number of Illinois students in its freshman class.

First-day enrollment figures show 331 new first-time students from Illinois enrolled this fall, nearly a 50 percent increase from fall 2012.

Governor Bruce Rauner has long held that state universities need to cut down on their administrative overhead, before he can support increases in their state funding.

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