higher education http://northernpublicradio.org en Lawmakers Discuss Higher Education Funding, Pensions http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-discuss-higher-education-funding-pensions <p>Illinois Democrats continued approving a new state budget on party-line votes. The Senate approved spending plans for education -- &nbsp;from elementary and high schools to colleges and universities -- with funding pretty much at last year's level.</p><p>Cuts proposed earlier this year by Governor Pat Quinn did not materialize, partly because Illinois collected more tax money than it expected in April.</p><p>Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, says funding for higher education is critical because it's tied to the problem of unemployment.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:03:08 +0000 WNIJ 30657 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmakers Discuss Higher Education Funding, Pensions Education Officials Support Cost-Shift For Pensions http://northernpublicradio.org/post/education-officials-support-cost-shift-pensions <p></p><p>Although they're facing budget cuts, universities and community colleges say they're willing to begin taking on employees' pension costs.&nbsp; The state covers the employers' share of retirement benefits for Illinois' public schools, colleges and universities.</p><p><a href="http://niu.edu/statebudget/pension_reform/" target="_blank">WEB EXTRA: NIU Pension Overhaul Website</a></p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1368784802195_1990"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1368784802195_1988">House Speaker Mike Madigan is insistent the state stop.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:05:22 +0000 WNIJ 30011 at http://northernpublicradio.org Education Officials Support Cost-Shift For Pensions Moody's Issues Negative Outlook for Higher Education http://northernpublicradio.org/post/moodys-issues-negative-outlook-higher-education <p class="yiv1140022126MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358416043887_6478"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358416043887_6485" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Moody's Investors Service is taking a pessimistic view of American colleges and universities. The agency says repeated increases in tuition are partly to blame.</span></p><p></p><p class="yiv1140022126MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358416043887_6478"> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:00:29 +0000 WNIJ 24149 at http://northernpublicradio.org Moody's Issues Negative Outlook for Higher Education Universities Balance Funding with Student Performance http://northernpublicradio.org/post/universities-balance-funding-student-performance <p>Illinois' public colleges and universities are still trying to work with a new law that ties state funding to student performance. But it hasn't been easy to measure performance in a way that's equally valid across the state's dozen public university campuses. Illinois' program is specifically meant to reward schools that help low-income students, and those from the first generation in their family to go to college.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:25:39 +0000 WNIJ 24029 at http://northernpublicradio.org Universities Balance Funding with Student Performance Illinois Higher Ed. Director Stepping Down http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-higher-ed-director-stepping-down <p class="yiv531792019MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;">George Reid came to the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December 2010. He'd been a top official at a similar agency in Maryland. Less than two years later, Reid says he's resigning for personal reasons.</span> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:56:32 +0000 WNIJ 20682 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Higher Ed. Director Stepping Down Rockford College Changing Name http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-college-changing-name <p>Rockford College trustees have approved changing the institution's name to Rockford University.&nbsp; According to the school's website, work to fully complete the transition will be taking place from now until July 1, 2013 and the school will proceed with submitting all formal petitions for university designation to the State of Illinois and all accrediting agencies. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:36:25 +0000 Jenna Dooley 19299 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford College Changing Name