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Chicago State University in danger of closing: Alumni speak out






The state of Illinois is strapped for cash. Governor Rauner has yet to pass a budget and people are feeling the pain. Chicago State University is in the crosshairs of the battle. It has been reported that the school may close in early March. At this moment, the school has enough money to meet one more payroll. The school has been open for 150 years and is a fixture in the community, where 80% of the students are African American. Reportedly, 30% of the school’s operating budget comes from state funding and until the budget is passed, the fate of the university is in limbo. Rolling out spoke with a few graduates to get their feelings on this current situation. Read what they had to say, after the jump.

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  1. birobi on January 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Please support us in our effort to save our school. Please join this group: If you haven’t done so, please sign this petition: Please like this website:

    We really need your help. We’re creating a coordinated response to the Governor’s unconscionable action (or inaction). Please share these sites with your friends and ask them to join us.

    Bob Bionaz, [email protected], [email protected]

    • Tanisha Johnson on January 24, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      I transferred SIU after one semester. This place is terrible, and has a 16% graduation rate.

      • Chiryder on January 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        People view it as a stepping stone to a 4 year college.

      • Sr. Judy Birgen on January 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm

        Graduation rate figures are deceiving; they only count students who begin as Freshman and graduate from the same institution. Given that most Chicago State students begin at community colleges and transfer to CSU, the graduation rate is not an accurate assessment of student graduation.

  2. Damarcus Jefferson on January 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    These kids need to learn to write properly. If the education at this school produced kids that write like they did in this article, I can see why Chicago State is on the chopping block. Not everyone should have a 4 year college degree. Trade schools are a better choice for a lot of these kids. The barriers to graduating college should be much higher than they are at schools like Chicago State and university of Phoenix. These degree mills are just wasting resources that could be better spent.

    • Chiryder on January 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Please. A degree is a piece of paper. Writing isn’t indicative of a person’s intelligence. Some fields and professionals can and HAVE succeeded without having to worry about writing. Especially on the internet nowadays. Only the an*l care about grammar and spelling. The rest are better than that.

    • Chiryder on January 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      At the rate kids are dying in the area that this university is located, providing any form of education is a huge benefit. You want to raise the criteria? When the quality of education at public schools is so poor? Then wonder why people on the streets don’t get jobs? They can’t even get past high school.

      • Lenny on February 3, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Sure faculty will say it’s a great place (if they are making $120k plus a year) Absolute Total Nonsense ! Providing a meaningful University experience just to shelter people from violence and administrative malfeasance that is inherent and ingrained in this racially charged community culture is like trying to offer brief spiritual guidance on the street to a crack addict. Just one big disconnect all the way down the line, and using and abusing tax payer dollars is the name of the game. University rules make it so damn easy. Read them sometime. CSU is a disgusting place-keep hiring Presidents that take you for a ride ! What do you expect the philosophy of the admissions office to be? That morally and ethically superior standard trickles down to the students.
        And, any moron can get financial aid, And have 10-20-30-60-100 thousand dollars plus forgiven by the Feds. What the average Taxpayer doesn’t get is that the money is used for just about anything-not just education, but cars, house payments, junk food, credit card bills, bar tabs, dope, vacations, people supporting themselves in many odd ways-mostly nefarious. For years and years-they can continue to get these loans as long as they take just 1 credit hour a semester. That’s 400 bucks for a class and 2500 bucks for your pocket. Tax free. Give it a rest at CSU already, they know how to work the hustle, but it’s time to call in the window and door plywood trucks already. Close it down and the state budget should improve significantly, and maybe those sterling students will move to Iowa or Indiana.

        • RandomGuy on February 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

          trolls are everywhere. Sheesh. You hit about every stereotypical nail on the coffin.

  3. Sr. Judy Birgen on January 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Chicago State provides education and hope to students on the south side of Chicago. CSU is a hidden gem that reaches students who have few options. Students believe that CSU will help them reach a brighter future and it does. Our graduates go on to graduate school or jobs that provide them and their families with better lives.

  4. Ramesh Chadalawada on January 28, 2016 at 3:45 am

    This is a reputed university under economic stress for sometime. If the available and existing funding is inadequate, they will have to tap funds for get-over the difficult period now and then. This is common for the universities. There is nothing to be alarmed about.

  5. Saul Sterman on February 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Please explain why CSU has 900 employees for 4,000 students. How can anyone justify this faculty to student ratio?

  6. icarey on March 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Yes, the graduation rate figures are deceiving; a large number of CSU students are older adults and attend evening classes, but at this point, the seed has been planted by the politicians to close CSU. The threat of the university closing has steered any students graduating from high school away this year away from CSU. Chicago State University has become a pawn in a political battle between a Republican Governor and a Democratic House in Springfield and if the public believe everything they hear on the evening new, shame on them. People, please dig a little deeper to find out what the real story is. Everyone have an opinion but very few have first hand knowledge or have actually done any research to find the truth. This would not be happening to a predominantly white college. Rauner wants to close the only four year college on the South Side of Chicago and Rahm Emanuel want to close additional school on the south side of Chicago. It feel like educational genocide has become the latest weapon being used against African Americans.

  7. Being There on March 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Some of you should discover how many “predominately white” state colleges have graduation rates between 20% and 6%. They are mostly in low income White communities. They too are underfunded.

  8. Being There on March 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    When I graduated from CSU in 1966, the college was 5% African-American and 95% Caucasian by deliberate planning and segregation. Prior to 1966 the college did not visit any Black high schools. Whites schools were the only ones visited and they invited counselors and teachers to the campus.
    Once the state built a college on the North side and another further South. The demise of CSU had been planned before they even built the new CSU.
    From the beginning of the new campus, it has been underfunded, they have hired “inadequate” Administrators and they never had sufficient counseling and remediating counseling and support for those students entering who needed these service to achieve and grow.
    Most conservative state legislatures who do not want colleges to succeed, believe in “lower to no new taxes” concept, knowing that everything which is successful cost more every year.
    Look at the funding at other state colleges, GUARANTEED, by any measure, CSU receives the least amount of funding. They have never wanted it to be successful, that is why it has such a low graduation rate. Failed planning means failed results.

    • Being There on March 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Most major universities in this country have all kinds of “support programs” for the top students to insure that they succeed.

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