SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To fight for fair funding for higher education, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, was recently appointed as a member of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Public University Funding.
“This measure will help us to build the research and work of the House Higher Education Working Group,” said Stuart. “From the working group we will bring recommendations for the adequate and equitable funding model for higher education. It will allow universities to have stable funding to provide their students with academic and financial support.”
The Commission on Equitable Public Funding was created by Senate Bill 815, which passed the General Assembly this spring and sets guidelines for the commission’s goals. As a member of the commission, Stuart will help provide the General Assembly with recommendations and criteria to adequately fund public universities.
“As an educator who taught on the collegiate level, it has been my goal in Springfield to address the lack of funding and resources for our schools and universities,” continued Stuart. “Lacking fair funding for our universities impacts their ability to best serve their students. I look forward to being a part of the commission and helping to find solutions to provide fair funding for all our public universities to give them the best tools to help our students succeed.”