Higher Ed

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U of I Provost Andreas Cangellaris apologized Monday after criticism of his actions during the recent strike by graduate student workers. The apology came during a meeting of the Urbana campus’s Senate and several days after the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO, called off an 11-day strike.

Cangellaris says he was criticized by faculty and students over his handling of the negotiations.

GEO Strike Ends with New Five-Year Contract

Mar 12, 2018
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Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization, or GEO, voted Friday to ratify a new five-year contract. The contract puts an end to the nearly two-week-long strike that cancelled hundreds of classes and caused dozens more to be relocated.


GEO co-president Gus Wood says they weren’t going to give up until they got guaranteed tuition waivers for all graduate workers.


EIU Sees First Enrollment Increase in a Decade

Jan 25, 2018
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Eastern Illinois University is reporting a five percent increase in spring enrollment, its first enrollment increase in more than ten years. The state school in Charleston released so-called 10th-day data, showing a spring enrollment total of 7,016 full and part-time students, up more than 300 from last spring.


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Enrollment in colleges and universities continued to decline across the state last year, according to figures released by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Overall, undergraduate enrollment decreased by 2 percent, with even steeper drops at public universities and community colleges.


Schools defying this trend include those focused on medical professions, such as City Colleges of Chicago's Malcolm X campus. Mark Potter, the provost, says its home in the medical district makes it more attractive.



Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   


Illinois Central College is getting a $1.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will pay for a new program in collaboration with Peoria District 150. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports.


McDuffie: "Volatile Time" for U of I Minority Students, Faculty

Jul 20, 2016
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Robert J. Jones will be formally introduced to the University of Illinois Urbana campus this morning as its new chancellor, and as the first African-American to lead the U of I’s flagship campus. One U of I professor of African-American studies says he hopes Jones can help make the school more racially inclusive and democratic. 

 Professor Erik McDuffie says it’s been a