WBEZ | Southern Illinois University http://www.wbez.org/tags/southern-illinois-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois Truth in Tuition law helps families but hurts schools, experts say http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-truth-tuition-law-helps-families-hurts-schools-experts-say-108167 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Truth%20Tuition_130723_AY.jpg" style="height: 304px; width: 600px; float: left;" title="Spending on college overall has fallen since the recession. That, along with the Illinois requirement to fix tuition for four years, makes budgeting difficult for state universities. (Sallie Mae)" />As the Illinois Truth-in-Tuition law reaches its 10th year, experts say it helps families plan for college, but it makes it harder for public colleges to be strategic.</p><p>The law allows Illinois undergraduate students at public universities to attend school for four years without tuition increases. An amendment passed in 2010 extended it to six years, though allowing the school to increase tuition rates for fifth or sixth year students, as long as the price matches that of the students that came immediately after then.</p><p>Although the law provides some stability to students, it has hurt universities, says Allan Karnes, accounting professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.</p><p>For example, when a university needs to increase tuition due to rising costs, inflation or decreasing state support, the incoming class has to shoulder the entire increase because their counterparts cannot pay higher fees.</p><p>&lsquo;It appears we&rsquo;re raising tuition much more than we actually are, and so that cast us in a bad light,&rdquo; Karnes says.</p><p>Moreover, the binding law requires public universities to guess what their budget will be for the next couple of years, says Thomas Hardy, executive director for media relations at the University of Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;It requires that the university take a bit of foresight in terms of where cost may go, and then reading a bit of a crystal ball, set tuition that will be fixed for a four year period,&rdquo; Hardy says. &ldquo;It locks us in for a four-year period.&rdquo;</p><p>He adds that this comes at a time of decreasing state support. Since 2002, the University of Illinois has lost about $1 billion in spending authority, leading to tuition hikes and cuts. For example, the university shut down its Institute of Aviation in July 2011.</p><p>Having to predict future costs is also difficult, says Kinga Mauger, the bursar at Northern Illinois University. For example, the school did not expect the recession. Although the school faces rising costs, Mauger says it doesn&rsquo;t want to simply ask incoming students to shoulder the burden. As a result, budgeting is far more difficult.</p><p>A new survey of 800 undergraduates and parents nationwide from student loan company Sallie Mae found that since 2010 and the recession, parents have paid less for college, relying more on loans, grants and scholarships. Overall, high and low-income families have paid less for college since 2010, but middle-income families have paid more.</p><p>Beyond Illinois, a federal Truth in Tuition proposal has been sent to a House committee.</p><p>It requires schools to give students a multi-year fee schedule upon admission, but allows for changes.</p><p>Karnes of the Illinois State Board of Education says lawmakers are not in the best position to draft tuition policies.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s not a general understanding at that level (of) what the budgetary pressures are,&rdquo; Karnes says. &ldquo;Every school is different. We determine what tuition should be by what our costs are. We&rsquo;re not trying to make money. We&rsquo;re just trying to break even.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him @Alan_Yu039.</em></p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-truth-tuition-law-helps-families-hurts-schools-experts-say-108167 SIU board raises tuition by 4.8 percent http://www.wbez.org/news/siu-board-raises-tuition-48-percent-99043 <p><p>New students at Southern Illinois University will be paying nearly 5 percent more in tuition this fall while continuing students face higher fees.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/KMeLBJ">WSIU Radio reports</a> that the university's trustees signed off on the increases Thursday.</p><p>Trustees Roger Herrin and Don Lowery voted against those actions, saying budget cuts should be made to rein in costs.</p><p>Administrators say they've cut to the core in many areas, with little other places to trim.</p><p>New students this fall will pay $272 per credit hour, and seven mandatory fees for all students are going up.</p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/siu-board-raises-tuition-48-percent-99043 Iowa political reporting guru-turned-Illinois academic can't stay away from caucuses http://www.wbez.org/story/iowa-political-reporting-guru-turned-illinois-academic-cant-stay-away-caucuses-95247 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-03/yepsen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A longtime Iowa reporter-turned-Illinois academic has been pulled back into the whirlwind coverage of his home state's presidential caucuses.</p><p>David Yepsen covered nine Iowa caucuses for the <em>Des Moines Register</em> and became the go-to-guy for out-of-town reporters looking for analysis. And though he's no longer a reporter, he's still all over the news ahead of tonight's vote, with recent appearances including <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/303449-4">C-SPAN</a>, <a href="http://hardballblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/29/9810225-hardball-in-des-moines-iowa">MSNBC</a> and <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7393470n">CBS</a>.</p><p>Yepsen left the paper after the 2008 election to lead the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. He's back in Iowa now for the winter break, bouncing from interview to interview.</p><p>"There's a certain adrenaline rush that goes with covering politics in a political campaign. Everything's always in motion, the news is constantly changing, constantly reaction to developments," Yepsen said Tuesday as he waited for another cable news interview.</p><p>"You know, I miss some of that excitement," he said. "But - I must say - it does take a toll on you after a while. And, so it's nice to be able to sit back and reflect a little bit more on what's going on."</p><p>Yepsen said he'll be back in Carbondale on Wednesday or Thursday to resume his duties at SIU.</p><p>Illinois voters don't get a say in the presidential race until March 20th. Yepsen said "odds-are" the Republican primary will over before then.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483846-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-january/2012-01-03/illinois-primary.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>"But there is a scenario where it could have some meaning," he added, noting that more states this year will allocate delegates to presidential candidates by a proportional vote, rather than winner-takes-all.</p><p>"That means that a candidate who gets a slice of the votes is also going to get a slice of the delegates, and that may keep the race going on a little bit longer than it has in the past," Yepsen said. "And it may in fact be that the Illinois Republican primary is going to be an important one."</p></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/iowa-political-reporting-guru-turned-illinois-academic-cant-stay-away-caucuses-95247 Scholarship for SIU Leader's kin raises questions http://www.wbez.org/story/scholarship-siu-leaders-kin-raises-questions-88393 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/5707326850_0045b42fbd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard's granddaughter is receiving a scholarship worth $80,000 to the school that raises a tricky issue for both he and the university.&nbsp;</p><p>It isn't because Maddie Poshard is an undeserving student but because of who her grandfather is.&nbsp;</p><p>Dan Mann is director of student financial aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He told the Chicago Tribune that Glenn Poshard perhaps&nbsp; shouldn't have allowed his 18-year-old granddaughter to compete for a Presidential/Chancellor Scholarship.</p><p>But Mann says SIU also looks hard for top students to enroll.</p><p>Maddie Poshard is a top student at Riverton High School near Springfield with a strong ACT score.&nbsp;</p><p>Glenn Poshard said his granddaughter earned the scholarship.&nbsp;</p><p>SIU chancellor Rita Cheng says no one has complained about the scholarship.</p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/scholarship-siu-leaders-kin-raises-questions-88393 Illinois universities worried about lack of state funding http://www.wbez.org/story/glenn-poshard/illinois-universities-worried-about-lack-state-funding <p><p>Some public universities say they're stretched too thin because of Illinois' ongoing budget crisis. Southern Illinois University has struggled to negotiate contracts with two employees' unions. SIU President Glenn Poshard blames the state for not paying money it owes to universities.</p><p>&quot;The state's been in a terrible condition. We've been in a terrible condition,&quot;&nbsp;Poshard said. &quot;We're trying to pay our bills. We're trying to maintain our programs. You know, and we need help and we're asking everybody to help a little bit. Some folks have chosen not to.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, a Northern Illinois University spokesman says faculty there have become disgruntled over state funding and are preparing to quit.</p><p>Illinois lawmakers have been asking university presidents to come up with a list of programs that are expendable.</p></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/glenn-poshard/illinois-universities-worried-about-lack-state-funding