Higher education would take a hit under the budget Governor Pat Quinn proposes for the coming fiscal year. The University of Illinois Springfield hosted a forum this week to discuss the looming cuts. State appropriations for the current fiscal year at UIS are down by a little more than 6 percent. That number could very well rise next year, depending on the budget the legislature passes for fiscal year 2014. UIS has already adjusted to cuts in state funding by increasing tuition and dipping into reserve funds.
Chancellor Susan Koch's latest idea is to enroll more students, especially those from other countries:
"Illinois is the 5th highest destination for international students. We have over 10,000 international students studying in Illinois. Less than 300 of them are on our campus."
Out-of-state and international students pay higher tuition than do students from Illinois. The majority of UIS international students are from China and India. Koch says the university has solid foundations in China, and could double the amount of Chinese students at UIS without much effort.
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