HARRISBURG – The Southeastern Illinois College board of trustees voted at its regular meeting last week to scrap several degrees, deactivate the arts program and fire three staff.
At the regular board meeting on Tuesday, February 16, the college president spoke about the low enrollment rate in the programs of study that have been eliminated, as well as an expected 25% drop in total enrollment college next year, as well as a projected budget deficit of $ 6 million. over the next two years.
The board unanimously approved the deactivation of all art courses and eliminated the SAA in business management, the SAA of administrative assistant, the certificate in word processing, the certificate in accounting, the certificate in business management, associates in fine arts (AFA) and AFA in musical theater.
During a staff discussion, the board approved the layoff of an academic resource specialist, a business instructor and an art teacher. The redundancies are effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
During the public comment period at the start of the February 16 meeting, CIS art instructor Sara DeNeal – whose board voted to eliminate the position – presented a petition that she and her students have reunited. The petition was signed by 1,067 people, including alumni, who support the college’s arts program.
She asked the board to reflect on the mission and vision for the quorum. Its mission is to enhance lifelong learning by providing accessible quality educational programs, opportunities for cultural enrichment and support for economic development; and its vision is to be the catalyst for academic excellence, community service and economic growth in the community.