Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lack of budget disappoints higher ed presidents - Lenore Sobota, Pantagraph

Illinois State University President Dietz repeated what the university has been saying throughout the impasse that “we are strong and stable.” Unlike some other universities, ISU's enrollment has remained steady — bringing in crucial tuition revenue — and it has low debt, Dietz noted. In addition, he said, the university has been watching its spending and has left more than 100 vacant positions unfilled. Amid speculation that there might not be substantive action until after November's general election, Dietz said ISU would be OK, but “some of the other public universities will be hard-pressed to get through the fall semester.” Several public universities already have turned to layoffs and/or furloughs and pay reductions to cut costs.

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