U of I trustees expected to ask state for $750M

University of Illinois trustees are expected to make a request at their Thursday meet for what they call “full funding.” Lawmakers in Springfield will likely call it the three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar ask.

The university wants $750 million, what it says would be full funding next year.

Trustees are expected to offer lower tuition increases and some spending reforms in trade.

State Rep. Bob Pritchard, who helps write Illinois’ higher education budget, said simply making college less expensive isn’t enough.

“The first issue we have to deal with is ‘What is the appropriate role for the state in the cost of higher education?’” Pritchard said. He thinks the state needs to look at “outcome based performance.”

“We need to hold all universities and colleges to the metric of performing for the student, perhaps better than they have been doing,” Pritchard said.

Even if lawmakers and school leaders can agree on performance benchmarks and what Pritchard calls a “return on investment” measure, Pritchard said it’s going to be tough to find $750 million for just one school because Illinois is broke.

–Illinois News Network

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