higher education funding http://tspr.org en IL Colleges to Pay for Employees' Pensions http://tspr.org/post/il-colleges-pay-employees-pensions <p>Although they're facing budget cuts, universities and community colleges have said they're willing to begin taking on employees' pension costs. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:23:52 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 33945 at http://tspr.org IL Colleges to Pay for Employees' Pensions WIU to Slash Spending http://tspr.org/post/wiu-slash-spending <p>Western Illinois University administrators unveiled a plan to save $4.5 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. Tue, 14 May 2013 23:14:31 +0000 Rich Egger 33785 at http://tspr.org WIU to Slash Spending Making Higher Education Affordable to All http://tspr.org/post/making-higher-education-affordable-all <p>As state funding for colleges and universities declines in Illinois, the lieutenant governor said the schools need to find ways to remain accessible to a wide range of students.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The problem is multi-faceted. The state legislature has cut support for universities in recent years. Those schools then raise tuition. That means more students rely on financial aid, but the state has been cutting that too.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:28:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 29070 at http://tspr.org Making Higher Education Affordable to All Quinn: Funding Decline If Higher Ed Pensions Not Changed http://tspr.org/post/quinn-funding-decline-if-higher-ed-pensions-not-changed <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s office is touting a one-page analysis claiming higher education will suffer if lawmakers fail to address Illinois&#39; pension problem.<br /><br />In the so-called study, Quinn&#39;s budget office estimates that state funding of higher education will steadily decline over the next five years.<br /><br />The projections show more money would be needed to pay for university and community college employees&#39; pensions, which would leave less for schools and scholarships for needy students.<br /> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:46:50 +0000 Rich Egger 19994 at http://tspr.org Quinn: Funding Decline If Higher Ed Pensions Not Changed House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding http://tspr.org/post/house-proposal-would-cut-wiu-funding <p>The&nbsp; Illinois House is considering a 6% cut to state universities&nbsp; in next year&#39;s budget. That&#39;s nearly double the reduction&nbsp; in&nbsp; the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.</p><p>The&nbsp; dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the&nbsp; institution.</p><p>Western Illinois University would lose nearly $3.4 million.</p><p>The&nbsp; proposal also slashes $15 million from scholarships for needy students through the Monetary Assistance Program, also known as MAP Grants.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 14:54:06 +0000 Rich Egger 15843 at http://tspr.org House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding