Doubling the tuition wouldn’t be a good idea, says the president of Southern Illinois University. “We have the potential here to hollow out, or create shells of, our state universities,” Randy Dunn told lawmakers in Springfield. “If we tried to go back just in tuition to make up what has been proposed as a cut, we would have to go anywhere from 90 to 110 percent.”
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The senators and representatives who sit on appropriations committees are hearing a lot of this kind of story, as the governor has proposed a 31 percent cut in state funding for the universities. Dunn says across the SIU system, which includes a medical school in Springfield and a dental school in Alton in addition to its Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses, that means $60 million.