Lawmakers talk solution for SIU Carbondale funding struggles

Lawmakers talk solution for SIU Carbondale funding struggles

CARBONDALE, IL — Learning from the past: That’s one of the ways Illinois state lawmakers hope to get Southern Illinois University Carbondale back on track.

Monday, community members told a panel of lawmakers how the enrollment and funding struggles at SIUC are impacting more than the university.

The decline in funding and enrollment has not only hurt the university, but also the region. SIUC Faculty Senate member Kathleen Chwalisz said she is more confident about the future of the university after the hearing.

“It’s really exciting to hear all the points of pride in our area, and people recognizing the importance of SIU Carbondale, and the importance of the SIU system and how we work together,” said Chwalisz.

Teamwork and listening are two ways state Rep. Chris Welch and the rest of the Illinois House Higher Education Committee said they hope to help universities suffering in the state.

“If we do our job as a general assembly and properly fund this university and the universities across the state, we can take away those fights that are being had on a local level,” said Illinois House Higher Education Committee Chairman Chris Welch.

Welch also reminded people that the general assembly does not get involved in allocation issues. That’s for the university’s board of trustees.

There will be another hearing on the SIU Edwardsville campus Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at 10 a.m. Welch said he plans to take all the information he heard back to the committee and use it to help make future decisions.

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August 20, 2018 at 10:39PM

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