:: Saturday, January 15, 2005 ::
Loads of Joy
Tuition for continuing students at UIUC is expected to go up by 6% next year, adding $422 a year. That also doesn't include room and board from housing, which is also slated to increase. Even with the increases there's going to be an $18 million shortfall, which, as the News-Gazette reports, will likely come from academics, which already took a hard hit when the economy nosedived. The hardest hit classes are always the low-level humanities courses, since they usually don't bring in federal research money to help support themselves. Thing is, every student has to take these same classes to fulfill general education requirements. By cutting these gen. ed. courses, whose discussion sections have often already been stripped away by previous cuts, how can students expect to get the full, rounded education a state school is supposed to provide? Let alone that, how is my own college of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide students with a full spectrum of classes when only the sciences are being adequately funded? Gov. Blagojevich, why are you letting the state's flagship school wallow?
:: The Squire 1:47 AM :: email this post :: ::