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Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:27 pm

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Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:03 pm
More Open Meetings Act Violations by WIU Board & Administration.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/more-open-mee ... nistration
If you go on this long without replacements for departing BOT members, I scratch my head and wonder how important they are to the organization.
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:36 pm

sealhall74 wrote:
wiu712 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:03 pm
More Open Meetings Act Violations by WIU Board & Administration.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/more-open-mee ... nistration
If you go on this long without replacements for departing BOT members, I scratch my head and wonder how important they are to the organization.
Part of it was because we had a transition in the governor's office. Also, it takes time to properly vet the candidates. I've heard from a good authority that the people who do that job are working overtime to get new BOT members in place ASAP.


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Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:42 pm

ST_Lawson wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:36 pm
sealhall74 wrote:
wiu712 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:03 pm
More Open Meetings Act Violations by WIU Board & Administration.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/more-open-mee ... nistration
If you go on this long without replacements for departing BOT members, I scratch my head and wonder how important they are to the organization.
Part of it was because we had a transition in the governor's office. Also, it takes time to properly vet the candidates. I've heard from a good authority that the people who do that job are working overtime to get new BOT members in place ASAP.


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The $64K question is this: If we trust electing Community College trustees to do the right thing, why not do that at the public university level as well. I assume that the state could be divided up into the geographical regions necessary to support that idea and also allow at-large membership for those who want to run but live outside the region.
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:03 pm

Prior to 1995, the Trustees for the University of Illinois were elected on a state-wide basis.

In 1995, that changed to the Trustees being appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate of the State of Illinois.

1995 was also the year that the State went from three operating systems for the state universities to nine.
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:10 pm

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Prior to 1995, the Trustees for the University of Illinois were elected on a state-wide basis.

In 1995, that changed to the Trustees being appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate of the State of Illinois.

1995 was also the year that the State went from three operating systems for the state universities to nine.
Well geez, that sounds like a "rigged" system to favor "the" system if there ever was one.
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:52 pm

There is chatter coming out of Springfield calling for a overhaul of the state university system. Instead of 9 separate Boards of Trustees, there might be just one or two.

Having a centralized operating system might be the best way to keep all current 12 state universities open.
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:06 pm

wiu712 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:52 pm
There is chatter coming out of Springfield calling for a overhaul of the state university system. Instead of 9 separate Boards of Trustees, there might be just one or two.

Having a centralized operating system might be the best way to keep all current 12 state universities open.
I suspect centralization would come to the realization that 12 is too many for the college-going population in Illinois.

For the most part, we are regional, but Chicago State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Governors State University serve predominantly the same demographic and are all of 50 total miles apart from Northeastern to Governors State with Chicago State in the middle.

Given the 13% graduation rate, 50% transfer out rate, and > combined 44% loss of enrollment since Fall 2015, hosting only 2,257 total FTE in Fall 2018 (by ~1,000 the smallest), why not cut Chicago State. Students could travel ~25 miles north to Northeastern or south to Governors State.

Graduation source
https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q ... 05#retgrad

Enrollment source
https://www.ibhe.org/assets/files/IBHE% ... llment.pdf
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:05 pm

Local officials ask Pritzker to prevent Western Illinois University layoffs.
From the Illinois News Network:
https://www.ilnews.org/news/economy/loc ... e0ed3.html


'We will not remain silent": Macomb mayor, community reacts to WIU layoff announcement.
From KWQC-TV News (Davenport):
https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/We-wi ... 41591.html
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:55 am

State higher education officials defend Pritzker’s proposed budget increase.
From Capitol News Illinois:
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190307/st ... t-increase
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:56 pm

Tere North wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:06 pm
wiu712 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:52 pm
There is chatter coming out of Springfield calling for a overhaul of the state university system. Instead of 9 separate Boards of Trustees, there might be just one or two.

Having a centralized operating system might be the best way to keep all current 12 state universities open.
I suspect centralization would come to the realization that 12 is too many for the college-going population in Illinois.

For the most part, we are regional, but Chicago State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Governors State University serve predominantly the same demographic and are all of 50 total miles apart from Northeastern to Governors State with Chicago State in the middle.

Given the 13% graduation rate, 50% transfer out rate, and > combined 44% loss of enrollment since Fall 2015, hosting only 2,257 total FTE in Fall 2018 (by ~1,000 the smallest), why not cut Chicago State. Students could travel ~25 miles north to Northeastern or south to Governors State.

Graduation source
https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q ... 05#retgrad

Enrollment source
https://www.ibhe.org/assets/files/IBHE% ... llment.pdf
Not arguing with the facts about CSU's success rates, but travelling even 10 miles to another school for the population CSU serves might as well be 100 miles. Besides, the State made massive capital investments in CSU over the last 20 years (thanks, Emil!). Now, another school taking over CSU and its campus- that's much more feasible.
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