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wiu712
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Western raises student fees.
From the McDonough County Voice:
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/202 ... udent-fees

Northern Illinois University has announced their plans for the Fall 2020 semester:

NIU students can expect a combination of in-person instruction, on-line instruction, and courses that employ a blend of both.

In-person classes will be kept smaller than in past years and scheduled to allow for physical distancing and proper sanitation.

It also was announced that NIU students who wish to live on campus will be provided individual rooms for the 2020-21 academic year. NIU Housing and Dining is evaluating which residence halls provide the best layouts for physical distancing and student health.
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wiu712 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 8:17 am
Western raises student fees.
From the McDonough County Voice:
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/202 ... udent-fees

Northern Illinois University has announced their plans for the Fall 2020 semester:

NIU students can expect a combination of in-person instruction, on-line instruction, and courses that employ a blend of both.

In-person classes will be kept smaller than in past years and scheduled to allow for physical distancing and proper sanitation.

It also was announced that NIU students who wish to live on campus will be provided individual rooms for the 2020-21 academic year. NIU Housing and Dining is evaluating which residence halls provide the best layouts for physical distancing and student health.
Individual rooms definitely the way to go. Cuts shared restroom use in ½, too!
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Tere North wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 9:17 am
wiu712 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 8:17 am
Western raises student fees.
From the McDonough County Voice:
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/202 ... udent-fees

Northern Illinois University has announced their plans for the Fall 2020 semester:

NIU students can expect a combination of in-person instruction, on-line instruction, and courses that employ a blend of both.

In-person classes will be kept smaller than in past years and scheduled to allow for physical distancing and proper sanitation.

It also was announced that NIU students who wish to live on campus will be provided individual rooms for the 2020-21 academic year. NIU Housing and Dining is evaluating which residence halls provide the best layouts for physical distancing and student health.
Individual rooms definitely the way to go. Cuts shared restroom use in ½, too!
Wow, if NIU can pull that off, they must have a lot of empty rooms to go around. Either that, or the local apartment leasers will be very happy when the supply of on campus rooms runs out.
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sealhall74 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 1:15 pm
Tere North wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 9:17 am
wiu712 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 8:17 am
Western raises student fees.
From the McDonough County Voice:
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/202 ... udent-fees

Northern Illinois University has announced their plans for the Fall 2020 semester:

NIU students can expect a combination of in-person instruction, on-line instruction, and courses that employ a blend of both.

In-person classes will be kept smaller than in past years and scheduled to allow for physical distancing and proper sanitation.

It also was announced that NIU students who wish to live on campus will be provided individual rooms for the 2020-21 academic year. NIU Housing and Dining is evaluating which residence halls provide the best layouts for physical distancing and student health.
Individual rooms definitely the way to go. Cuts shared restroom use in ½, too!
Wow, if NIU can pull that off, they must have a lot of empty rooms to go around. Either that, or the local apartment leasers will be very happy when the supply of on campus rooms runs out.
Western could certainly pull it off with halls taken offline due to not being needed. Northern has seen decreased enrollment, too, so I imagine they can make it happen.
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Bradley University offering buyouts; new president suggests layoffs may be on the horizon.
From the Peoria Journal-Star:
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200521/br ... on-horizon
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WIU Board Approves Fee Increase after Lengthy Debate.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/wiu-board-app ... thy-debate
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wiu712 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 6:12 pm
WIU Board Approves Fee Increase after Lengthy Debate.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/wiu-board-app ... thy-debate
No way should QC students be paying the same amount in activity fees as Macomb students. Not now or 4 years from now.
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sealhall74 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 10:22 pm
No way should QC students be paying the same amount in activity fees as Macomb students. Not now or 4 years from now.
Fees for the 2019-2020 school year:

University Fees (per credit hour)
Activity Fee: $3.52
Fine Arts Fee: $2.59
Athletic Fee: $18.07
Bond Revenue Fee: $28.93
Technology Fee: $4.89
Facilities/Life Safety Fee: $20.21
Health Center Fee: $9.41
Publication Fee: $ 0.63
Talent Grant Fee: $1.75
Transit Fee: $2.78

Total Fees Per Hour: $92.78

Health insurance will also be assessed for students enrolled nine or more hours. The 2019–2020 student insurance rate is $795.00 per semester.


WIU-Quad Cities Fees (per credit hour)
Activity Fee: $4.49
Technology Fee: $4.68
Facilities/Life Safety Fee: $7.06
Publication Fee: $0.91
Talent Grant Fee: $2.77
Transit Fee: $4.97
Total Fees Per Hour: $24.88

Students registered for academic courses through WIU—Quad Cities are not assessed the Athletic, Bond Revenue, and Health Center fees.
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2 Students Sue ISU Over Fee Refunds During Pandemic.
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Interim President Abraham: FY21 Budget Update.

Dear University Community,

I am happy to share the news that the state legislature has passed the FY21 budget that provides operating and capital funding for Western Illinois University. When Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the bills, Western's share of the FY21 higher education state appropriation will be level at $49.6 million.

The Fiscal Year 2021 higher education appropriated budget also provides Monetary Award Program (MAP) and AIM High allocations for our students, funding for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and provisions for deferred maintenance/capital improvements. In addition the budget re-appropriates capital development funds for the Center for Performing Arts and the WIU-Macomb Science Building, and provides new capital development funding for the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus Phase 3. We are appreciative of the General Assembly for passing the state's FY21 budget.

The level appropriation is better than what we were expecting, given the current financial challenges. However, we understand given the structure of the state's budget bill that not all of the allocated funding is guaranteed; thus, we must remain conservative as we build our FY21 budget. In addition, we know that even with a strong Fall 2020 enrollment, we will still have an overall decline in the number of students attending WIU because of the large numbers of students graduating in the past year. Moreover, we must make financial commitments for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff to ensure a safe return to campus in the fall, as well as the implementation of the minimum wage increase. While we have good news on both appropriations and enrollment, we must continue to look at further opportunities for savings and efficiency in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget in order to reach our goal of achieving a balanced budget.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our faculty, staff and students for everything you've done in the past 12 months to ensure we remain a strong and viable University, and again, I thank our state's leaders for their continued support and commitment for Illinois public higher education. As we do our part to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all, we look forward to a bright future for Western Illinois University.


Wishing you the best,

Martin Abraham
Interim President
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