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October 2015 Update

October 15, 2015

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Dear University Community,

I realize there is much uncertainty as we wait for the legislature and the governor to pass a Fiscal Year 2016 budget. This provides an environment for rumors and conjecture. The rumor circulating among our University community is that we will be closed for the Spring 2016 semester. As president of Western Illinois University, I assure you that Western Illinois University will be open for Spring 2016 and beyond.

Due to the lack of a state budget, we will be making further reductions in the near future. However, as you are aware, we have been fiscally conservative for a number of years, and that, along with the prudent decisions we have made thus far, is keeping our University moving forward.

We will continue to serve and provide our students with a quality education at this great University. As stated in my September 2015 budget update, we must not lose sight of our vision: serving as the national leader in quality, opportunity and affordability. We will remain focused, committed to excellence, and engaged in collaborative planning processes.

I encourage our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the University to personally reach out to the members of the General Assembly and the governor to stress the need to pass a state budget. We urge our state officials to pass a fair budget for higher education and the students of Illinois.

Thank you for your support.


Jack Thomas, Ph.D. 


Western Illinois University

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