The Role of Community Colleges
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Parkland College President Tom Ramage and Danville Area Community College President Alice Jacobs.
Tuition at Illinois’ private and public universities has risen by an average of more than 30 percent since 2008. As a cost-saving measure, many students are turning to community colleges to take “general education” courses for the first two years of their degrees and then transfer to four year schools. What happens then, when tuition at community colleges starts to increase? According to the Illinois Community College Board, tuition at the state’s community colleges has also risen by around 30 percent since 2008.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Parkland College President Tom Ramage and Danville Area Community College President Alice Jacobs about the role the state’s community colleges play in higher education. We’ll hear about some of the challenges Illinois community colleges face and how they’re moving forward despite cuts in state funding and changes in local tax support. We’ll also hear this hour about a program at Danville Area Community College to help train and employ veterans and will find out more about Parkland College’s recent acquisition of the University of Illinois’ aviation program.
Chancellor Wise, who oversees the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, has been pushing for “future excellence” through her “Visioning Future Excellence” initiative. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chancellor Wise about her goals for the university’s future.
We’ll also talk with Wise about the university’s growing presence in China, the growing reliance on private support, including philanthropy from individuals and foundations, like the University of Illinois Foundation, for funding, and about the increasing emphasis on diversity as a mission of the university.
The Illinois State Bar Association is calling for changes in the way the state educates it attorneys. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the changes the association wants made and why. According to a new report, the debt load students are graduating with is playing a big part in the decrease in available and affordable legal services in the state. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with President of the Illinois State Bar Association John Thies about the problem.
Steven Harper, author of the new book “The Lawyer Bubble” and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, also joins us. He’ll tell us about what he believes is a problematic and growing gap between the goals of law schools and law firms.
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This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talked with University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and President Robert Easter. We asked them about the sequester and how it would affect the University and research efforts on campus, how the state's budget issues are affecting the university and if the UIUC will be getting a new mascot.
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