Save Our Education
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In mid-February, Governor Bruce Rauner set the tone of his first term when he issued his inaugural budget address. He proposed 31.5% across-the-board budget cuts for higher education in publicly funded universities. These cuts would be devastating for students, residents, and the future of Illinois.
Governors State University is a high performing institution that would be crippled if any sort of cuts were to be levied against its budget. For the past 45 years, GSU has been the stepping stone for many seeking a higher education. First time college students, low income, transfer and graduate students utilize the degree programs at Governors State to build careers. Without GSU, many of these students would not have been able to go to college and become productive tax paying citizens in the state of Illinois.
Cutting the current funding of this university is a drastic and explosive solution which undermines the state’s goals. At least eighty percent of these very same graduates remain in the state of Illinois to teach, lead, and provide health services to Illinois residents.
Is the State of Illinois willing to wager the education, careers, and lives of the citizens of Illinois against a short term solution? If so, which students get cut? What programs do we erase? How many jobs will we lose?
Governors State University has been nationally recognized for spearheading change in affordable quality education. By offering the lowest tuition and fees of any state public university, GSU has proven that a college education does not have to be expensive and unattainable. It can be fulfilling and achievable.
Recently, Governors State was honored as the most innovative small university in the U.S. by the nation’s premier organization for higher education. A success story like GSU should be heralded, not hindered! It’s an example of what public higher education should be!
I am asking the State of Illinois to uphold its fiscal responsibility to Governors State University and other public universities in the State of Illinois. Please join me as we petition the Governor and the Illinois legislature to keep quality education affordable and accessible for all.
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