Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Visited CSU to Discuss Affordability in Higher Education
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon met with students and toured Chicago State University's state
of the art physics lab Thursday, November 15, as part of a statewide tour to promote
affordable higher education.
Unlike other states, Illinois does not have a single official or cabinet position
that oversees higher education efforts. Governor Quinn has asked Lt. Governor Simon
to fill this role as his point person on education reform. "Higher education costs
should be a higher priority for our leaders," Simon said. "We've set a goal to have
60 percent of working-‐age adults hold college credentials by 2025. To reach our
completion goal, we must make college more affordable."
During Simon's visit, she met with campus administrators to discuss MAP Grants, student
aid, College Choice Reports and CSU goals for student completion. Further, Simon met
with faculty and deans to hear more about academic programs and later had lunch with
CSU presidential scholars and Student Government leaders including junior and Student
Trustee, Stephanie Sanchez. Student leaders were eager to share their experiences
with the Lt. Governor including their needs for more financial aid.
The Student Government Association has worked alongside faculty, staff, and administrators
to improve affordability in higher education including a trip to Springfield on lobby
day in spring 2012 to speak about the need for MAP funding.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon also with 16 other CSU students:
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628