Rick Pearson speaks with David Tretter, President of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities about higher education and enrollment among his member institutions. After the lengthy budget impasse took its toll on both private and public universities; David shares an update as to the current state of things and the reputational damage that has been done.
Everywhere we turn these days, we are inundated with political ads with the right talking points: creating good jobs, reducing the out-migration of our population, improving the economic vitality of our communities throughout the state. What we don’t hear much of are concrete, realistic recommendations to make that a reality.
Having worked in higher education for 30 years, I see the impact of this lack of vision firsthand. we know what doesn’t work: a $1 billion disinvestment in Illinois higher education over the past 15 years, producing higher tuition, students and parents flocking away from our colleges and universities instead of to them, and some institutions on fiscal life support.
Apr 10, 2018
The Democratic and Republican primaries are over, thankfully, for many of us. But as the candidates transition into a new gear of spending and inundating us with numbers and claims about each other, we should be closely watching what’s happening to our state’s higher education system.
We cannot escape the reality facing Illinois: People are leaving, in droves. The more our political leaders fight, the more uncertainty and angst is created, and the easier it is for talented workers and their families to find somewhere else to call home.
My View: Independent colleges key to futureJan 25, 2014
These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources, and help students afford college without going too far into debt. Illinois' independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge and the results are really encouraging.
Our association, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, represents nearly 60 private, nonprofit institutions around the state. Many of these schools are small and provide students a unique educational experience, specialized to their interests and geared to help them move along their chosen career path with great success.
David Tretter: Independent colleges bring value to IllinoisJan 30, 2014
These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources and help students afford college without going too far into debt.
Illinois’ independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge, and the results are encouraging.
Report says college price gap shrinkingJan 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The cost of attending a four-year university is rising faster for public institutions than private ones, say private college representatives.
Despite rising prices for both public and private universities, the gap separating them is shrinking, according to a report issued Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.
Report: State sees continued benefits from private collegesJan 23, 2014
Private colleges and universities reported a continued robust economic and social impact on Illinois with minimal taxpayer investment, according to a report released Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges & Universities.
FIICU president David Tretter said that while higher education has not been immune from Illinois’ dire fiscal straits, private institutions continue to save the state money while still educating its students and providing jobs for citizens.
Tretter said more than 62,000 people are employed by Illinois’ 59 private colleges, where more than 231,000 students are enrolled.
MAP grant race starts for college students around IllinoisJan 26, 2014
Every year college students around Illinois race to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive Monetary Award Programs (MAP) grants from the state. MAP grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis with funds often running out before the official application deadline. Because of this, DePaul has taken efforts to ensure that students know they need to apply as quickly as possible.