Not Just Students Are Leaving Illinois


In an article for Crain’s Chicago Business, Steven R. Strahler reports on the growing exodus of faculty from Illinois public universities and colleges. In some cases, the faculty have been forced to look for positions elsewhere after being furloughed in response to budget shortfalls. But in most instances, the faculty have decided to pursue opportunities outside the state or have been actively recruited by institutions in other states, in particular neighboring states.

Strahler’s article largely consists of profiles of faculty who are leaving Illinois for positions at other institutions: that is, the evidence presented in the article is largely anecdotal, rather than statistical. But the article does includes the following paragraphs that provide some statistical background on the problems faced by Illinois’ public colleges and universities and on the ramifications evident in increased faculty mobility.

“Higher ed is in turmoil across the country as states cut support and pressure…

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