UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad was quoted in a recent New York Times article headlined, “Chicago State, a Lifeline for Poor Blacks, is Under Threat Itself.”
Chicago State University, a public institution, is facing a budget shortfall that may force it to close, the Times reports. Predominantly a university that's attended by African American students on Chicago’s South Side, Chicago State has received zero dollars in state funding since last July.
The school declared a financial emergency in February, cancelled spring break and moved commencement up to April 28.
Conrad tells the New York Times that the situation at Chicago State may foreshadow what many small universities could experience in the coming years.
“I fear this may have drastic implications,” Conrad tells the Times. “You have an institution, a public institution, that is so dependent on state funding. And now you have an ominous threat where students are now wondering, can they invest long term in this institution?”
Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
He has spent more than three decades studying race and gender in higher education, visiting more than 40 historically black colleges and universities as part of his far-reaching work as an expert witness in major civil rights cases.