Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Budget uncertainty ushers in SIU retrenchment era - Holden Kurwicki, WPSD

SIU President Randy Dunn says he is committed to maintaining SIU's status as an affordable research university. However, declining enrollment, coupled with a lack of state funding, has ushered in a new era in education. "The core mission that belongs to SIU isn't going to change," said Dunn. "We're not going anywhere. The processes, the means by which we get our work done, (and) the operating models that we follow have to adjust." Dunn has tried to create a one-year fix by cutting roughly $13.9 million from this year's budget, but he says MAP grants could be the first to go if state funding isn't in place by December. "These sacred cows that we've supported in the same way for 50 and 60 years as we move into this new era, we have to be open to looking at those," said Dunn.

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