Responsiveness of public higher education institutions in Illinois to major budgetary changes: 2001-2004
Wojcik, Rebecca K.
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The purpose of this study was to analyze responses of the twelve Illinois public universities to reductions in state appropriations in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. This study examined the responses institutions made and short- and long-term effects, particularly on academic programs. The study’s data were from reports of the state’s Board of Higher Education and the perceptions of the institutions’ chief academic officers. In one-on-one interviews, chief academic officers of five institutions described changes institutions made in response to decreases in state appropriations in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. The changes varied by institution and are not generalizable. Analysis of information reported by the Illinois Board of Higher Education indicated that the most profound change which occurred during this period was a substantial increase in in-state, fulltime, undergraduate tuition and fees at each of the twelve institutions. In conclusion, the twelve public higher institutions were responsive to the state budget crisis of 2001-2004 and, by qualitative reports from five small, medium, and large institutions, survived largely intact. The effects of the changes universities m ade w ere m inim ally to m oderately negative in the short term; the long-term impact of the changes is unclear but is predicted to be minimally to moderately negative as well if additional actions are not taken to reverse some of the changes made in 2001-2004.