WBEZ | Chicago State University http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-state-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago State Declares Financial Emergency, Eyes Job Cuts http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-state-declares-financial-emergency-eyes-job-cuts-114702 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CSU-Zol87-flickr_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash;&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;State&nbsp;University trustees have declared a financial emergency at the troubled school that could make it easier to lay off employees.</p><p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://trib.in/1PlcXf2"><em>Chicago&nbsp;Tribune</em></a>, trustees at the predominantly black university on Thursday declared a type of emergency that in the academic world means the school faces an imminent threat to its survival that could require measures such as cutting faculty jobs.</p><p>The board also created a committee to decide on actions that could include layoffs and pay cuts.</p><p>Chicago&nbsp;State&nbsp;officials say the school will run out of money in March.</p><p>Public universities in Illinois have not received&nbsp;state&nbsp;funding since last summer because of the budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.</p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-state-declares-financial-emergency-eyes-job-cuts-114702 Chicago State University is Caught in the State's Budget Impasse http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-20/chicago-state-university-caught-states-budget-impasse-114537 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CSU-Zol87-flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&rsquo;ve previously discussed <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/caught-middle" target="_blank">various services and programs affected by the budget impasse</a>. We&rsquo;ve even touched on how the stalemate affects elementary and high school education.&nbsp;</p><p>But what about its <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-state-declares-financial-emergency-eyes-job-cuts-114702">effect on higher education</a>?</p><p>The state&rsquo;s 12 public universities have been without state funding since July, but there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-21/illinois-budget-impasse-halts-student-scholarships-114551" target="_blank">one in particular that may be hit the hardest</a> -- Chicago State University.</p><p><strong>►</strong><strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-talks-candidly-about-lack-investment-african-american-communities-114535">Rauner Talks Candidly About Lack of Investment in African-American Communities</a></strong></p><div><p>If there&rsquo;s no budget agreement by March, the school faces an uncertain future.</p><p>Paris Griffin, president of Chicago State&rsquo;s Student Government Association, recently led a march and rally to save the school. She talks about the drastic changes faculty and students may face in less than two months.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-20/chicago-state-university-caught-states-budget-impasse-114537 Rauner Memo Criticizes Chicago State's Track Record http://www.wbez.org/news/education/rauner-memo-criticizes-chicago-states-track-record-114532 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_774446373568.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) &mdash; A member of Gov. Bruce Rauner&#39;s staff is criticizing Chicago&nbsp;State&nbsp;University&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-state-university-caught-states-budget-impasse-114537">appeals for financial help amid Illinois&#39; budget stalemate</a>.</p><div><p>Rauner deputy chief of staff Richard Goldberg sent General Assembly members a memo Wednesday that recounted&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;State&#39;s&nbsp;history of financial mismanagement. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo.</p><p>Leaders at the predominantly black&nbsp;state&nbsp;university on&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;South Side say that in March it will run out of money.</p><p>Goldberg&#39;s memo cites an extensive history of problems at&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;State&nbsp;noted in-state&nbsp;audits and elsewhere.</p><p>A Goldberg memo earlier this month criticized what he called waste and cronyism in higher education.</p><p>University presidents this week pushed the governor and lawmakers to pass a budget to avoid doing permanent harm to the schools.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/rauner-memo-criticizes-chicago-states-track-record-114532 Urban agriculture center creates more than green space http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/urban-agriculture-center-creates-more-green-space-109569 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Image1_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a former shoe warehouse on 96th and Cottage Grove, Chicago State University professor Emmanuel Pratt has turned a former shoe warehouse into an urban farm focusing on aquaponics.</p><p>What exactly is aquaponics? High school senior Seville Bell, a volunteer at the space, explains.</p><p>&ldquo;Poop from the fish goes into this little tube and feed the nutrients to the plant and helps it grow and the plant cleans the water and goes back to the fish tank. I like that part because it&rsquo;s about recycling. You&rsquo;re not using a lot of water or cleaning the fish tank.&rdquo;</p><p>Recycling is key to the entire enterprise. Used Mountain Dew bottles help water flow into plants. Old shoe racks have been rebuilt to hold classroom easels for teaching.</p><p>The aquaponics center can harvest up to 30,000 pounds of fish a year, much of it ending up in local restaurants or donated. But this once-vacant building is more than just a fish distributor or biology lab for college students.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not ultimately about just growing some food. It&rsquo;s about using the food and the technique and tool of urban ag and aquaponics as an organizing tool in an area that is systemically and systematically disconnected,&rdquo; Pratt says.</p><p>By disconnected, Pratt means from the larger economy. The facility is located where the neighborhoods of Pullman and Roseland meet &mdash; both are struggling with unemployment and economic development.</p><p>Relying on his background in graphic design and architecture, Pratt is flipping the idea of 20th century zoning codes on its head. Dance groups practice here. Community groups hold meetings. There&rsquo;s been a pop-up art gallery. Sometimes people who just need some carpentry work will drop by.</p><p>Pratt hopes the aquaponics center will help people in the surrounding community &mdash; who are part of the informal economy &mdash; plug into the global economy.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em>.</p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/urban-agriculture-center-creates-more-green-space-109569 Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Flickr Jason A. Howie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We look at how social media use has exploded among street gangs and is changing the way they operate. Also, we hear from the architect who proposed a plan for Obama&#39;s presidential library to be in Chicago&#39;s Woodlawn neighborhood.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang Assessing the value of physical education in schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/assessing-value-physical-education-schools-92262 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/Physical Education.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The conversation about a longer school day in Chicago was mainly focused on academics but more hours could also mean more time for activities—including the arts and gym class. Some research suggests exercise can improve more than the body; it may also increase one's ability to learn.</p><p>To talk more about the benefits of gym class, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two people who knew the field well: Sarah Buck, an associate professor of <a href="http://www.csu.edu/collegeofeducation/HealthPhysicalEducationAndRecreation/index.htm" target="_blank">Physical Education</a> at<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.csu.edu/" target="_blank">Chicago State University</a>, and <a href="http://www.harperhighschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=168621&amp;type=u" target="_blank">Gwyn Kram</a>, chair of the Physical Education Department at <a href="http://www.harperhighschool.org/" target="_blank">Harper High School</a> on the South Side of Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/assessing-value-physical-education-schools-92262 Report: Chicago State let failing students stay http://www.wbez.org/story/report-chicago-state-let-failing-students-stay-89651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-26/RS394_graduation.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A published report says <a href="http://www.csu.edu/">Chicago State University</a>&nbsp;allowed failing students to continue registering for classes while&nbsp;it was at risk of losing accreditation because of poor enrollment&nbsp;and retention figures.</p><p>The college has a policy saying students with a grade-point&nbsp;average below 1.8 are dismissed. But the Chicago Tribune reports&nbsp;that students with GPAs as low as 0.0 were allowed to stay to boost&nbsp;enrollment.</p><p>The newspaper cites records it obtained.&nbsp;</p><p>CSU president Wayne Watson acknowledges the university made a&nbsp;mistake. He says the practice started before he came to the&nbsp;university in 2009 and continued without his knowledge. He says&nbsp;it's ended.&nbsp;</p><p>About 7,200 students are enrolled at the public university on&nbsp;the city's South Side.&nbsp;</p><p>The school has faced widespread financial mismanagement and a&nbsp;failure to graduate students.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-chicago-state-let-failing-students-stay-89651 A former college president's fall from academia http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-college-presidents-fall-academia-85788 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/Ali_Deloresvsm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Wednesday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presented Part 1 of WBEZ’s Richard Steele’s conversation with former Chicago State University president <a href="http://doloresdrc.org/" target="_blank">Dr. Dolores Cross</a>.</p><p>Cross resigned from <a href="http://www.morrisbrown.edu/" target="_blank">Morris Brown College</a> in Atlanta after she was accused of embezzling millions of dollars in student financial aid. Recently it was reported that the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Education</a> will forgive nearly $9.5 million&nbsp; of the debt owed by the historically black college. Morris Brown will have to pay the remaining $500,000 owed.</p><p>In Part 2 of Steele’s conversation with Dr. Cross, he asked about the terms of Cross' sentence.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Dining Rooms, "You", from the CD Tre, (Guidance Recordings)</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-college-presidents-fall-academia-85788 Former college president reflects on her year under house arrest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/former-college-president-reflects-her-year-under-house-arrest-85736 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/Dolores.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://doloresdrc.org/author_22.html">Dolores Cross</a> didn’t leave education because of a changing of the guard. And she certainly didn’t do it by choice. The first female president of <a href="http://www.csu.edu/" target="_blank">Chicago State University</a> went to <a href="http://www.morrisbrown.edu/" target="_blank">Morris Brown College</a> because she believed she could help. She expected to contribute to the struggling historic black college. Instead she was prosecuted for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in federal student aid. Now Dr. Cross is telling her story in <a href="http://doloresdrc.org/" target="_blank"><em>Beyond the Wall: A Memoir</em></a>.</p><p>In the first of a two-part conversation with WBEZ’s Richard Steele, Cross began by explaining what drew her to Morris Brown in the first place.</p><p><em>Music Button: Phil Manley, "Life Coach", from the CD Life Coach, (Thrill Jockey)</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/former-college-president-reflects-her-year-under-house-arrest-85736