Lt. Gov Visits Governors State U, Discusses Challenges In Higher Education

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Affordability, retention, and college completion — all key components of Governors State University’s commitment to students — took the spotlight recently during Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s visit to the university.

During her two-and-a-half hour visit, Simon met with GSU students, faculty, staff, and administrators. She called on federal, state and higher education officials to work together to keep college affordable so thousands of Illinois students can earn the credentials 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.”

President Elaine P. Maimon thanked Simon for her efforts to make college education affordable and accessible in Illinois. Simon is considered Gov. Pat Quinn’s point person on education reform.

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