University of Illinois considers queen sacrifice and other desperate measures

Another American state continues to experience higher education pain.  Illinois has been struggling under the multiple burdens of demographics, a sclerotic state government, and rising costs (see some of my posts).  Now the University of Illinois system‘s president, Timothy Killeenstates that times have become very desperate:

“All options are on the table as we go forward — layoffs, reductions of academic programs, closure of units and cuts in a health-care enterprise that provides critical care to underserved populations in Chicago…”

So there’s a queen sacrifice option aired, plus a potential hit to the community.

What are the causes here?  The leading driver is the state government’s political chaos. Illinois’ declining K-12 demographics surely play an additional role.

I noted the University of Illinois facing financial problems early in 2015.

(thanks to Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe)

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One Response to University of Illinois considers queen sacrifice and other desperate measures

  1. From a friend on Facebook:
    “Still absent a plan
    They’re kicking the can
    Which is no longer funny
    Cause the U’s out of money.”

    Like

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