- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois’ flagship campus has a new task force that is looking at the school’s budget and plotting a long-term financial course amid state budget cuts, school officials said.

Ilesanmi Adesida, provost at the Urbana-Champaign campus, said he decided last week to appoint a Budget Advisory Task Force made up primarily of faculty, The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1LNYBoA ) reported.

“This is something we should have done in the past,” he said. “Over the last 10 years we’ve had essentially a steady decrease in our state funding. It is time for us as a campus to really look at where we are, where we want to go, where we want to be in the future. “

Adjusting for inflation, state support for the university has dropped from more than $1 billion a year in fiscal 2002 to $662 million in the year that just ended. State support makes up about 12 percent of the campus’ $2 billion budget. Adesida said the school wants to produce more of its own revenue.

The task force will discuss spending priorities for the next five to 10 years, Adesida said. Members will meet over the coming academic year and have a final report in the spring.

Everything is on the table, including consolidating programs. But restructuring, merging or eliminating programs would have to meet guidelines from the Council of Deans.

The state budget’s effect on the university impacts recruitment, Adesida said.

“When you are trying to hire mid-career faculty, they look at all these things,” he said. “These are huge issues for us.”


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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