Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Illinois Legislature's Higher Education Scholarship Boondoggle

A colleague at the University of Illinois writes:

An aspect of the admissions ruckus at UI that is not getting nearly enough attention is that each member of the legislature has two 4 year full scholarships to state schools to hand out with no criteria whatsoever (and can even do them in 8 one year increments, 4 two year increments, etc.) and these are unfunded – that is, the schools to which the recipients go have to fund eat the costs. That’s a hefty hunk of change – and there is no justification for allocating state resources in this way other than to give legislators’ clout.

The legislative description of this boondoggle is here and a Chicago Tribune columnist notes them here.


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