December 6, 2012
Affordability, retention and college completion took the spotlight recently during Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s visit to Governors State University.
Simon met with GSU students, faculty, staff and administrators. She called on federal, state and higher education officials to keep college affordable so thousands of Illinois students can earn the skills needed for good-paying jobs.
“In order to retain and attract high-wage and high-skills jobs in Illinois, we will need 60 percent of our working-age population to hold college credentials by 2025,” Simon said. “We cannot expect students to complete college if they cannot afford college. I urge our state, federal and higher education leaders to work together to ensure college is not only accessible to the privileged, when it will be a prerequisite for a good job in our state.”
GSU president Elaine P. Maimon thanked Simon for her efforts to make college education affordable and accessible in Illinois.
“I admire Lt. Gov. Simon’s commitment to making a college education affordable and accessible,” Maimon said. “Her visit to GSU gave us an opportunity to showcase what we are doing, specifically the Dual Degree Program and our plans for first-year students.
“The lieutenant governor is passionate about student success, and we are, too.”
Simon is visiting all 12 public universities in Illinois this fall to conduct College Affordability Summits with students, faculty and administrators.