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Quinn Administration Releases Study Showing Impact of Pension Inaction on Higher Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:24

Governor Meets with Business Leaders to Discuss Impact of Pension Inaction on Universities, Community Colleges and MAP Grants

CHICAGO - August 13, 2012. In a meeting today with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn shared new data showing that higher education in Illinois is likely to receive more significant funding reductions in the coming years if comprehensive pension reform is not enacted. According to an analysis conducted by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approximately 26,000 students may not have the needed resources to go to college in five years due to projected reductions to MAP grant funding.

The governor discussed the need for pension reform today with business leaders and CEOs who often stress their need for a stable business climate and a strong, well-trained workforce. Governor Quinn is urging legislators to restore fiscal stability to Illinois and pass comprehensive pension reform during special session on August 17.

“A strong higher education system drives economic development and is essential to moving Illinois forward,” Governor Quinn said. “We must rise to the occasion, act responsibly and get the job done on pension reform for the people of Illinois."

If comprehensive pension reform is not enacted, funding for state universities, community colleges and college scholarships for needy students with merit could be reduced by more than $280 million by FY 2018. Higher education has seen steady reductions in recent years as fast-rising pension costs continue to squeeze out critical services.

Pension reform that includes a gradual normal cost realignment will alleviate funding pressure for state universities and community colleges, who have also written in support of a phased-in cost realignment. According to the data, universities and community colleges will face reductions that greatly exceed any normal cost expenses they would gradually assume under the governor’s pension reform plan.

For example, under the governor’s plan, state universities and community colleges are projected to assume $21.3 million in new normal pension costs in FY 2014. If comprehensive pension reform with a normal cost realignment is not enacted, the analysis shows that state universities and community colleges could see more than $60 million in reductions in FY 2014.

Currently, Illinois’ pension system faces $83 billion in unfunded liability – the worst in the nation. This deficit is expected to grow to more than $92 billion by the end of FY 2013 unless major reforms are enacted. Governor Quinn has proposed a comprehensive pension reform plan that will eliminate the unfunded liability over the next 30 years.

State universities and community colleges help shape the future of Illinois by fostering innovation and economic growth. Illinois' higher education institutions provide students with more opportunities and prepare them for the workforce, to ensure that businesses have access to strong workforce talent.

The analysis is attached. For more information on the need for pension reform and to contact your legislator, please visit


BVU partners with online consortium of Iowa community colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Buena Vista University   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:22

STORM LAKE, IA (08/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Buena Vista University (BVU) recently signed a cooperative agreement with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) as a way to enhance degree completion opportunities for undergraduate students.

The ICCOC ( is an online platform comprising seven Iowa community colleges that provide online educational opportunities and courses for students looking to earn associate's degrees. The community colleges include Eastern Iowa, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Northwest Iowa, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western Iowa Tech.

The agreement between BVU and the ICCOC gives community college students the opportunity to transfer to BVU and pursue a bachelor's degree entirely online or through a BVU Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) location.

As part of the consortium agreement, the ICCOC will post BVU transfer information and program offerings on its Web site. BVU will reciprocate by providing information on its Web site about the ICCOC.

Stacy Gibbs, the south regional director for BVU's GPS program, played an instrumental role in finalizing the agreement between BVU and ICCOC. Gibbs also worked closely with other BVU staff including Laura Newhouse, director of online programs, and Sibyl McIntire, GPS admissions counselor/recruiter, to cement the partnership.

"This is a marketing and growth opportunity for both BVU's online and GPS programs," says Gibbs. "The main advantage to the partnership is that the ICCOC will function as a gateway for students who are looking to advance their degrees. These students will be able to access our information and seamlessly transfer and obtain their bachelor's degree through BVU."

"I'm very excited about this partnership," says Dr. Suzi Kalsow, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of GPS at BVU. "It is a natural progression for students who have earned their associate's degree to go on and pursue a bachelor's degree. Having a connection with the ICCOC and being easily accessible through the consortium is the perfect next step for BVU's online and GPS programs."

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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:58

The Office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a meeting of the full Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Originating from the campus of the University of Iowa, the meeting will cover the Regional STEM Network, the introduction of the Regional STEM Hub Managers, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Action Plan updates and an overview of IMSEP and its operations.

The meeting is open to the public and media.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9:30  a.m. Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee Meeting

University of Iowa – Carver Hawkeye Arena, Feller Club Room

205 Carver Hawkeye Arena

Iowa City, IA

3 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

About IMSEP:

The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) is the operations arm of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information about IMSEP or the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, go to

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Mercy College of Health Sciences Graduates Named PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:28

Sara Lynn Brimeyer of Davenport, Iowa, was conferred an Associates of Science, Nursing degree during the Spring commencement ceremony by Mercy College of Health Sciences, 928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa at HyVee Hall on April 27, 2012.

To learn more about the programs offered at Mercy College visit our website at Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Iowa named a ‘Best Buy’ for eighth year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:39

For the eighth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The UI is one of only 20 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list and one of three Big Ten schools included along with Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The creation of a former New York Times education editor, the Fiske Guide has been a respected college search tool used by parents, college-bound students, and their guidance counselors for more than 25 years.


To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. In all, 41 schools received the "Best Buy" designation, including 21 private institutions.

For more information about applying to the UI, visit

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