Dr. Green Applauds Gov. Pritzker's Support of Higher Ed in FY 2024 Budget
Governors State University (GSU) recognizes and appreciates the historic funding to the state of Illinois and the field of education proposed by Governor J.B. Pritzker during his recent State of the State address in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
The Governor continues to demonstrate exemplary leadership and undeniable support for the citizens of Illinois and higher education, by increasing college affordability and expanding economic opportunity for our students. The 7% recommended increase to Illinois Public Universities is the largest amount proposed in two decades, and the $100 million increase in the Monetary Award Program will benefit GSU students, many of whom are first generation and low income. This budget recommendation is not only an investment in public higher education, but an investment in Illinois.
With the Governor’s recommended financial support, GSU will have the tools and support to align more closely with the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s (IBHE) higher education strategic plan, A Thriving Illinois, that promotes equity, sustainability, and growth.
The additional funding will also help GSU to be better equipped to close equity gaps throughout the University from student enrollment and success to faculty and staff hiring/support, and campus operations and services. The University will boldly continue its path towards significant strategic growth by adding new degree programs that meet regional needs, such as GSU’s Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator, as well as prioritizing enrollment growth, economic development, and community support. We will also increase our ability to further our commitment to provide access and affordability for students who experience barriers to higher education.
On behalf of the entire GSU community and the region we serve, we thank Governor Pritzker for his continued commitment to student success, access to an affordable post-secondary education, and Governors State University, the Jewel of the Southland.
Dr. Cheryl Green