State funding of major research universities has plunged nationwide. And that trend is particularly apparent in Illinois. Between 2002 and 2010, Illinois' support of its major public research universities fell by 37 percent, the fourth biggest cut in the nation. That's according to a new report from the National Science Board:
"The funding of these universities has been so important for the last 50, 60 years, especially since World War II in that they've produced an enormous number of PhDs who've gone on to do great work, produced a lot of research which had developed into major technological advances for our nation."
That's National Science Board member Ray Bowen, the former president of Texas A & M. The study covered 101 major research universities, including Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the University of Illinois campuses in Chicago and Urbana.
U of I spokesman Tom Hardy says with less taxpayer money going to U of I, the school's had to raise tuition by 119 percent over the past decade. It's also having to increasingly rely on private donations.
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