Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SIC Board focuses on money matters - K. JANIS ESCH, The Southern

With plans for a new housing facility declared dead on arrival, Southern Illinois University Carbondale must develop another strategy to update its aging housing stock in order to reel in students. In the wake of the state budget crisis that financially crippled the institution for two years, SIUC finds itself in a difficult position: its overabundant housing isn’t attracting a new generation of prospective students who tend to be picky about accommodations. At an SIU Board of Trustees work session in Springfield last Wednesday, a consulting firm enlisted by SIUC’s University Housing department delivered the news that the east-campus housing project, intended to freshen the university’s image, was not financially viable enough to get off the ground.

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