University Presidents Appear on WTTW to Welcome Increased Funding
GSU President Elaine Maimon appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight to praise IL Gov. J.B. Prtizker's new budget, which boosts funding for public universities' operating budgets by nearly five percent to $1.16 billion. The additional funding is a radical shift from the previous administration, under which funding was withheld for two years.
Still, there's work to be done to reverse collateral damage from the funding crisis, including declining enrollment in public universities. During the panel discussion, Dr. Maimon said the new administration's vision is a critical step in the institution's recovery.
"We now have a governor who believes public higher education is the solution—and not the problem—and we have families that hear this and have faith and confidence. That's helped us with recovering applications and enrollment,'' she said.
Dr. Maimon was joined on the panel by University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, president of Chicago State University. Watch the full discussion here.