Crain's Chicago Business: U of I president urges 'big-picture' education reform

The president of the University of Illinois System says the state needs a more strategic, big-picture approach to its public education system.

No one has proffered the kind of reform that integrates public high schools, through to higher education, including community colleges and the state's public universities, he told the Crain's editorial board this week.

To deal with the twin challenges of Illinois high school graduates increasingly leaving the state for college and a future nationwide student headcount contraction, Illinois needs more than ad hoc legislative fixes, he said. While there have been proposals to consider closing some universities, given the state's fiscal stress, Killeen didn't go that far.  Click here to read more....