Illinois State University will suffer a slightly smaller than expected hit in state funding based on the budget sent by lawmakers to Governor Quinn last night. ISU President Al Bowman had expected the General Assembly to cut the university's operating budget by 6.1%. In an e-mail to faculty and staff, Bowman says the cut was slightly less thanks to an Illinois Board of Higher Education performance-based funding incentive. Still, ISU's level of state support will be almost $4.8 million less than last year. In a GLT interview, Bowman says that puts pressure on the ability to grant salary increases, since ISU must generate about $1.2 million for every 1% increase in wages.
Bowman says it will be a few more months before he can determine if there will be faculty-staff salary increases and if so how much. He says his top priority is to recruit and retain top performing instructors and workers. Bowman says since ISU competes with the private sector for talent, flat salaries make that task much more difficult.
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