Around the industry: Illinois governor proposes $50M for performance-based funding at public institutions

Bite-sized college and higher education industry news

  • Illinois: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) budget proposal would spend $50 million on performance-based funding, while cutting 20% in guaranteed state support for public university operations next year. The performance-tied money, which accounts for 5% of the $1.01 billion Rauner suggests spending on state universities, would be divided competitively among schools based on certain performance measures (Petrella, Herald & Review, 3/14). 
  • New York: A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Columbia University by a former student accused of rape. Another former student, Emma Sulkowicz, publicly charged Paul Nungesser with rape in a high-profile case. Nungesser sued Columbia last year, arguing that the school had violated his rights under Title IX by discriminating against him based on his gender. However, the judge ruled that Nungesser had not established evidence of such bias, nor had he proved that Columbia denied him educational access (DeSantis, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/11).
  • Washington, D.C.: The Senate on Monday confirmed John King Jr.'s nomination as secretary of education in a 49-40 vote. King has been serving as acting secretary since Arne Duncan stepped down from the position at the end of last year (Camera, U.S. News & World Report, 3/14). 

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