Advisory: Higher education report news conference at Capitol this week

See the advisory below and attached, inviting you to a news conference later this week on higher education.

The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, representing several dozen private, nonprofit campuses around the state, will release the results of its 2014 report to the governor and legislators at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Blue Room in the Statehouse basement.

The report will highlight the shrinking gap between the costs to attend Illinois private and public colleges and universities and the significant economic impact and educational success these private campuses produce as state legislators return to work next week and consider important higher education issues this spring.

I expect Federation leaders to be joined by presidents of member campuses in central Illinois for the report release announcement. Let me know if you can make the news conference. If you’re not in Springfield Thursday but would want to connect with the federation or its members, just let me know and we’ll coordinate.





Jan. 21, 2014

Federation Releasing Report on Real Value of Private Colleges and Universities

Independent Institutions Provide Workforce, Support to Move Illinois Forward

SPRINGFIELD – Leaders of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities and its member institutions will release a new report showing the economic impact and value these private schools provide for Illinois with minimal taxpayer investment.

The Federation will release its new annual report Thursday, Jan. 23, at a Statehouse news conference. The new report for 2014 from the Federation, being provided to Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly, examines how the state’s independent colleges and universities provide significant economic benefit to the state through a well-educated workforce and students who graduate faster than their public school peers with degrees that provide for a career of success.

The report also shows how when public subsidies are included, independent colleges and universities now provide high-quality education at a better value than the state’s public institutions.

Federation leaders will be joined by presidents of several member colleges and universities to discuss the report’s results and how they are working to improve higher education in Illinois.

What: Release of new Federation 2014 annual report to the governor and legislators

Who: Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities leaders

When: Thursday, Jan. 23

10:30 a.m.

Where: Statehouse Pressroom Blue Room

Basement, Illinois Capitol


FIICU Media Advisory — 2014 Report.doc