higher education

Education
5:03 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Lawmakers Discuss Higher Education Funding, Pensions

Reps. Darlene Senger (left) and Elaine Nekritz discuss pensions in a Statehouse conference room.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Democrats continued approving a new state budget on party-line votes. The Senate approved spending plans for education --  from elementary and high schools to colleges and universities -- with funding pretty much at last year's level.

Cuts proposed earlier this year by Governor Pat Quinn did not materialize, partly because Illinois collected more tax money than it expected in April.

Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, says funding for higher education is critical because it's tied to the problem of unemployment.

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Higher Education
5:05 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Education Officials Support Cost-Shift For Pensions

Credit Amanda Vinicky

Although they're facing budget cuts, universities and community colleges say they're willing to begin taking on employees' pension costs.  The state covers the employers' share of retirement benefits for Illinois' public schools, colleges and universities.

WEB EXTRA: NIU Pension Overhaul Website

House Speaker Mike Madigan is insistent the state stop.

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Higher Education
5:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Moody's Issues Negative Outlook for Higher Education

Credit Moody's

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.

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Higher Education
6:25 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Universities Balance Funding with Student Performance

Credit NIU Media Services

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.

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Education
5:56 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Illinois Higher Ed. Director Stepping Down

George Reid
Credit University of Illinois

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.

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Education
4:36 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rockford College Changing Name

Rockford.edu

Rockford College trustees have approved changing the institution's name to Rockford University.  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.

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