Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What Illinois universities have to learn from Chicago State's money crisis - Chicago Tribune Editorial

We've heard whispered confessions that the state's budget mess has forced — helped — university officials to finally calculate, and confront, the inefficiencies of their operations and the flab on their payrolls. Some Illinois schools have tightened payouts. At Western Illinois University, for instance, terminated administrators now are in line for a maximum of six months' pay, half the previous maximum payout. That change was made in 2014 to save the university money, increase flexibility and to bring WIU in line with corporate and university standards outside of Illinois, WIU interim vice president for administrative services Matthew Bierman tells us. University presidents across Illinois, let's see more changes like that. The Illinois Way? That's history. Fail to retrench and some of your schools will be history, too. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-universities-chicago-budget-layoffs-edit-20160812-story.html

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