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|U of I President Addresses Future
|What's the future of public universities? One university president has some theories on what direction must be taken to survive in the current economy.
University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry says there are several solutions to the funding problems facing universities in Illinois as well across the nation.
Ikenberry says the federal government can help financially support universities where state dollars fall short. He says in some cases, federal dollars for research at some universities already surpass money coming in from the state and student tuition.
He says universities can not give up on the state's role to fund public universities, although he says the biggest problem now is that the state is not paying.
Ikenberry says greater transparency is needed so the public can see what financial cuts do to a university. He admits universities try to make it appear as though nothing has changed after a reduction in financial support. Ikenberry says it might be best "to be more frank and transparent at what state support does and does not buy for the public."
Ikenberry says another possibility to help keep the doors open is to push for more private donations. He says private giving, though, is no replacement for state and federal dollars.
In all, Ikenberry says public universities will not be sustainable unless there are changes from within the university itself. He calls that "our most formidable challenge."
He adds on the flip side, universities must strive to offer students better value while cutting costs.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|05 10 10 by Newsroom
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