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Great Daily Egyptian Guest Column

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A couple of days ago, there was a great guest column in the Daily Egyptian by microbiology professor Michael T. Madigan. I wrote a post last week praising the rebranding effort effort underway at SIUC, and it sounds like Madigan agrees:

Again, as another first, I heard from Chancellor Rita Cheng in last week’s Daily Egyptian that SIUC is going to try and sell itself on the strength of its academics. At the risk of repeating myself, I’m glad to see that the obvious has finally sprouted some roots.

Madigan also praises the change in administration at enrollment management and the new strategy of targeting recruitment to local students:

In fact, if I had a nickel for every conversation I’ve had with SIUC faculty or staff about how their son or daughter was setting academic records at Carbondale or a surrounding high school, yet received no recruitment interest from SIUC, I could retire a rich man. I’m glad to see the obvious has finally sprouted some roots.

I agree. Recruiting local students benefits both SIUC and Carbondale. Both benefit from increased enrollment in general, but local students are of extra value to Carbondale. It seems to me that local students are more likely to stick around after graduation and contribute to the community and its future.

Finally, Madigan argues for a tuition increase:

When pricing SIUC for the current fiscal year, one would have hoped, like it or not, the university would have arrived at the same conclusion as every other state university. That is, a modest rise in tuition was both warranted and absolutely needed.

This is a tough call, but I think Madigan is right on this one too. Maintaining quality academic programs requires money, and if the state isn’t going to support higher education, tuition hikes are the inevitable result. It’s an unfortunate reality, but ignoring reality doesn’t change it.

I’m glad to see faculty support for the changes underway at SIUC.  Check out Madigan’s entire guest column at the Daily Egyptian.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

October 14, 2010 at 8:00 am

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