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Statement on Commission on Equitable Public University Funding


Jay D. Gatrell, Ph.D.
President – Eastern Illinois University
March 6, 2024

Equity-focused funding in higher education is long overdue.  The Commission framework provides Illinois public universities a realistic pathway to adequate funding that ensures access, enhances competitiveness, and advances student achievement. Simply put, the work of the Commission is good for the citizens of Illinois—and good for EIU. The sustained leadership of Senator Lightford, Representative Ammons, Chair Kothari, Deputy Governor Torres, and the entire Commission are positioning Illinois’ higher education system to be more efficient, effective, innovative, and responsive to the needs of all citizens, industry, and most importantly our students.    



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