With Illinois’ budget shortfall, experts say public universities could see major cuts

With Illinois facing a nearly $4 billion budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, higher education experts say budget cuts to public universities and colleges are expected.

“Higher education is often one of the first areas to be cut during budget shortfalls,” Jennifer Delaney said. Delaney is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and sits on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

She says budget cuts in previous gubernatorial administrations, plus the added costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaves public colleges and universities in a bad spot financially.

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