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Sorensen, Christine Knupp

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Leadership in Educational and Sport Organizations


Higher education and state--Illinois--Public opinion; Higher education finance--United States--Public opinion; Education; Higher--Illinois--Administration--Attitudes


The purpose of this study was to determine whether the change in Illinois higher education governance structure impacted the financial allocations and to compare perceptions of board members and the chief financial officers of Illinois public universities. A survey was used to gather perceptions. The results of the survey were mixed. The majority of individuals responding perceived the change as having had a positive impact on the universities they represented. The minority expressed concerns about “mission creep,” the potential loss of cohesiveness in Illinois public universities as a group, and the need for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The financial allocations were compared by general revenue fund appropriations, university income fund appropriations, and new capital appropriations as reported in Illinois higher education Data Books. The findings indicated relatively little change in the amount that each university received. The exception was in new capital appropriations, which had no clear pattern of distribution. In conclusion, operating funds for Illinois state universities remained at the same distribution level, and the majority of persons surveyed viewed the governance change as a positive change.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [102]-105)


x, 144 pages




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