Thursday, September 15, 2016

Close it now: Chicago State president out after 9 months on job

After just nine months on the job, Chicago State University's president--whose hiring was highly ballyhooed--is leaving.

Why is this college still open? It's primarily a jobs program, not an educational institution. And can you believe that CSU has a Division I sports program?

From the Chicago Tribune:
His impending departure comes at a troubling time for Chicago State, which serves a predominantly African-American student population. With a heavy reliance on state funding, it has struggled to stay afloat as state lawmakers failed to pass a budget for most of the year and then provided only partial funding.

The school declared a financial emergency in February and was notified that its accreditation status was at risk because of its shaky finances.

About 40 percent of the university's employees have been terminated or laid off since the beginning of the year, and academic programs have been cut. The campus library has reduced its hours, and is now only open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student enrollment is expected to be down steeply this fall when the university releases figures later this month, and the most recent graduation rate was down to just 11 percent.
The students of CSU can be better served, and possibly have a better chance of earning a degree, at one of Illinois' many other state colleges.

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