Illinois lawmakers heard about the potential consequences of budget cuts at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville at a hearing on-campus today (Friday). SIU Edwardsville figures to lose $19.6 million, if the governor’s proposed 31 percent cut to higher education goes through. Chancellor Julie A. Furst-Bowe addressed that before an Illinois Senate committee.
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“This cut will mean fewer classes, larger class sizes, reduced availability for students to get the courses they need, which would extend the time that it takes for them to graduate from SIUE,” she said. The school of pharmacy and the school of dental medicine in Alton would take hits, according to their respective deans, and John C. Navin, the dean of the school of business, said the economic harm to the Metro East area, where SIU Edwardsville is the second largest employer, would be $168.6 million.