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University Of Illinois Budget Grew 13 Times Faster Than Enrollment

Dan & Amy discuss the Chambana Sun's recent analysis of the University of Illinois' budget which shows the school has 258 percent more employees and its annual budget is 389 percent higher than it was 45 years ago. Dan explains that Illinois provides twice the per pupil funding compared to the national average, yet tuition is 30 to 60 percent higher for students at Illinois universities than for students at their conference peers.

The University of Illinois System today has 258 percent more employees and its annual budget is 389 percent higher than it was 45 years ago, in inflation-adjusted dollars.

But its enrollment has only grown 28 percent over the same period, according to analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which publishes the Chambana Sun.

In the 1972-73 school year, the University of Illinois system had 61,107 students and spent $199 million per year, or $1.146 billion in 2017 dollars, according to university financial records.

In the 2017-18 school year, it had 78,163 students and an operating budget of $5.6 billion

Read the full analysis here.

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