Higher Education

Illinois State University

The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University has chosen Terri Goss Kinzy to be the school’s 20th president, effective July 1.

The announcement was made Friday.

Capitol News Illinois

The Illinois Senate advanced several bills to the House Wednesday, including one establishing a housing insecurity liaison for homeless college students and another allowing routine dental care to be provided at schools.

First Lady Biden Discusses Higher Education Investments in Illinois Visit

Apr 19, 2021

First lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on Monday to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will support higher education in Illinois.

After touring the facility, Cardona and the first lady announced President Joe Biden’s investment in higher education through the American Rescue Plan, the latest federal COVID-19 pandemic relief package, which includes $40 billion for higher education infrastructure projects and programs to make education more accessible.

Missouri colleges and universities would have free rein to increase student tuition under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

The John A Logan College Board of Trustee’s has three openings and 5 candidates wanting a seat.

The League of Women’s voters and the Carbondale Public Library hosted a virtual candidate forum for the 5 candidates hoping to fill three board of trustee positions at John A Logan College.

Tuition will rise by 4% next school year at Western Illinois University. The increase applies only to new underclassmen and new graduate students.

Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the challenges of providing high-quality higher education at affordable prices. 

Indiana News Connection

New data show a big drop of just over 9% in the number of Indiana students applying for federal student aid this year, and experts say that could mean a big red flag for college enrollment.


Declining enrollment and possible staff cuts at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg have the Faculty Union worried about the school's future.

Shawnee Community College has narrowed its list of candidates for school president down to eight finalists.

The group includes interim President Kathleen Curphy; former President of Frontier Community College Tim Taylor; former associate dean at John A. Logan College and current vice president for academic services at Richland Community College Denise Crews.

As public universities in Illinois have seen enrollment declines in recent years, one state lawmaker has an idea aimed at keeping high school graduates from leaving.

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has been selected to  Chair  the College Savings Plans Network.

Illinois News Connection

Some Illinois college students are part of a growing movement to raise awareness of the $23 trillion national debt and brainstorm solutions.

SIU Salukis

The SIU football team added 18 new players in the early signing period Wednesday.

The signing class features nine offensive players, including four wide receivers and nine defensive players, including five defensive backs.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

SIU-Carbondale is joining more than a thousand other institutions in no longer requiring the SAT or ACT test scores for admission.

Interim Chancellor John Dunn says this aligns SIU-C with national trends to make standardized tests optional.

SIU Salukis

Former SIU men's basketball coach Barry Hinson is back in college basketball.

Sports Illustrated reports the 38-year coaching veteran is returning to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, as an analyst.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Around 900 high school students from the region were on the SIU-Carbondale campus Wednesday.

They were getting a taste of college life as part of SIU Day. Law School student Emily Mirabella led one of the groups.

Shawnee Community College

Shawnee Community College has a new interim president.

The Ullin-based community college has named Kathleen Curphy as its new leader.

Illinois News Connection

Illinois, along with many other states, has experienced a dramatic decline in manufacturing jobs since the 1940s, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

A new report from the Illinois Board of Higher Education shows high school graduates are continuing to flock to out of state colleges.

In 2017, nearly half of college-bound graduates headed to four-year schools in states like Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Illinois House lawmakers are discussing a universal college admission bill.

Under the legislation, students in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and meeting test score requirements would automatically be admitted to any the state's public colleges or universities.

Illinois News Connection

Almost 180,000 former students at for-profit adult education schools headquartered in Illinois will not have to pay back almost $500 million in student loan debt, under a settlement won by 49 state attorneys general, including Illinois AG Lisa Madigan.

A Murray State University Football player was released from the team this weekend after being taken into custody on drug charges. 

Illinois News Connection

New data out today show the number of uninsured children in Illinois rose about 8 percent last year, and advocates said they're worried that federal policies could thwart future progress.

Murray State students have high expectations for the next university president. More than 70 students attended a frank and hopeful discussion Wednesday afternoon on a wide range of issues with the Presidential Search Committee.

lllinois has historically ranked second in the nation when it comes to high school graduates leaving the state to go to college. But there's good news for a certain set of students who opt to stay.


New data released by the state Board of Higher Education shows Illinois is tops in the nation for getting students who start out at community college through to a bachelor's degree.

Illinois has moved to the top of its class in a national college transfer report.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the state is number one for bachelor's degree completion among community college students.

Murray State University has lifted its suspension on Greek Life social events. University officials outlined changes to the social event policy in a press conference on Friday following committee meetings over the summer.

Missouri State Bears

Missouri State has a new men's basketball coach, who grew up in Saluki country.

The school introduced 33-year-old Dana Ford Thursday.