Budget outlines important investment in students and public institutions

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and members of the General Assembly visited the campus of Chicago State University on April 19, 2022 for the signing of a $46 billion FY 2023 budget.

CHICAGO, IL – Last month, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) commended Illinois lawmakers on the passage of the 2023 fiscal budget, which focuses on relief, education, and public safety. The budget also included an increase in funding for K-12 public schools, MAP and supports higher education institutions.

“This is an exciting time for the state of Illinois and the future of education for many Illinoisans. HCF commends the work of House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch, House Democrats, and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker for their continuous support of making the welfare of Illinois residents a priority. The passage of the 2023 fiscal budget makes a massive impact on K-12 public schools and influences higher education within the state,said Demetrius Johnson Jr., HCF’s Founder, President & CEO. “The budget includes more funding for K-12 public schools and allocates towards MAP, which will allow additional students with financial needs funds for tuition and fees to pursue an undergraduate degree. And as always, I truly appreciate their support of Illinois’ only four-year, Predominantly Black Institution, Chicago State University. The 2023 budget will give Illinois higher education institutions a 5% increase in funding, including CSU. Additionally, it adds $1.8 million to CSU’s appropriation for the current fiscal year of 2022. Governor Pritzker and House Speaker Welch’s support outs an exceptional value on higher education within the state and the economy. Thank you for your investment into a brighter future.”

The budget provides a significant investment in Illinois’ higher education institutions and students. Illinois four-year universities, which includes Chicago State University (CSU), Illinois’ only designated Predominantly Black Institution, would receive a 5% increase in funding for fiscal year 2023 relative to this year’s current budget. The passed budget also adds an additional $1.8 million to CSU’s appropriation for the current fiscal year of 2022.

Additionally, adding more funding to K-12 publics schools, the budget also strengthen financial aid for students throughout the state. The increase funding of $122 million for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant is allow more low-income students to receive funds to assist with college tuition and fees.

“Governor Pritzker’s budget recognizes the unparalleled value of higher education to the Illinois’ economy,” said Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University. “Our data shows that each year CSU adds $1.6 billion to the Illinois economy and a strong return-on-investment for our students. As the University remains laser focused on equitable education and workforce development, this investment will allow CSU to further strengthen its economic impact as well as our student success.

Last year, CSU released its inaugural Economic Impact Study, conducted by economists, demonstrating that the institution is a driving force in the Illinois economy by adding $1.6 billion in income to the Illinois economy, support 17,525 jobs, and providing a strong return on investment for students and Illinois taxpayers.

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Budget Outlines Important Investment in Students and Public Institutions

The proposed budget will support college affordability and focus on closing equity gaps in Illinois education.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) applaud Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposal that outlines significant investment in Illinois’ higher education institutions and students. Illinois four-year universities, which includes Chicago State University (CSU), Illinois’ only designated Predominantly Black Institution, would receive a 5% increase in funding for fiscal year 2023 relative to this year’s current budget. The proposal would also add an additional $1.8 million to CSU’s appropriation for the current fiscal year 2022. If approved by the General Assembly, the budget would provide critically needed resources for the University and CSU students.

Governor Pritzker’s budget also strengthens financial aid for students by, among other things, increasing funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for low-income students by $122 million.

Governor Pritzker’s pushed the proposal for the fiscal 2022-23 budget investment early last year to provide stability for higher education institutions in Illinois, including CSU.

“Governor Pritzker’s budget recognizes the unparalleled value of higher education to the Illinois’ economy,” said Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University. “Our data shows that each year CSU adds $1.6 billion to the Illinois economy and a strong return-on-investment for our students. As the University remains laser focused on equitable education and workforce development, this investment will allow CSU to further strengthen its economic impact as well as our student success.”

“I would like to express sincere gratitude to Governor Pritzker for his continuous attentiveness of how much a crucial impact and value that higher education has on the state of Illinois and its economy,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO of HBCU Campaign Fund. “Chicago State University is a necessary jewel to the Black community of Chicago, and we must not neglect how much economic support and return of investment CSU nourished for its students and the state of Illinois. CSU continues to focus on providing equitable education and workforce development that allows CSU to supply to underserving and low-income students. I dearly commend President Zaldwaynaka Scott on her outstanding leadership, and we thank the Governor for his continued investment in a brighter future for the students in Illinois.”

Last year, CSU released its inaugural Economic Impact Study, conducted by economists, that demonstrated the institution is driving force in the Illinois economy by adding $1.6 billion in income to the Illinois economy, supporting 17,525 jobs, and providing a strong return on investment for students and Illinois taxpayers.

HCF President Johnson stated that the organization is elated to continue to play the role as a strong advocate and supporter of Chicago State University.

Click here to view Governor Pritzker’s Budget Fiscal Year 2023.

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Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University.

CHICAGO, IL – ComEd recently announced the appointment of Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, president of Chicago State University, to its board as independent directors. Scott joins Smita Shah, CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc., 2022 appointment, and Ricardo “Ric” Estrada, president & CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, named to the board in November 2021.

“Z and Smita are distinguished business and civic leaders from our community and have proven track records of innovation and leadership experience. We are pleased to welcome them to the ComEd board,” said Gil Quiniones, ComEd CEO. “Their respective expertise, combined with their shared passion for closing the opportunity gap for women and minorities, will serve the company well as we continue to work to create an equitable clean energy future for all communities.”

As president of Chicago State University, Scott has overseen the development and advancement of its strategic plan for 2020 to 2025 to ensure the institution leads with the mission of transforming students’ lives through innovation and excellence in ethical leadership.

Scott is also a well-known advocate for equity in higher education. She formed and co-chairs the Equity Working Group, a body of leaders from across the education, public, private, philanthropic, and community development sectors to address Black students access and success in Illinois higher education.

“I’m honored to join ComEd’s board of directors and advance its values of integrity, forward thinking, openness to ideas and principled decision-making,” said Scott. “I’m excited to support ComEd’s important work to build a cleaner and brighter future for communities across Chicagoland and northern Illinois.”

Scott serves on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago board of directors where she also sits on the board’s Audit and Compliance and the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the board of trustees for the John H. Shedd Aquarium and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Scott is also a member of The Chicago Network where she chairs the Government Committee.

Scott holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

About ComEd
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com.

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An alumna of CSU, National Leader in the Education Community and, Passion for Equity in Education, Makes Jackson a Natural to Address the Fall 2021 Graduates

Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of HOPE Chicago.

CHICAGO, ILDr. Janice K. Jackson will deliver Chicago State University‘s (CSU) 386th Commencement address on Dec. 16, 2021. The ceremony at the Emil & Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center is the university’s first in-person ceremony since 2019 and its return to in-person classes.

Jackson, a CSU alumna and the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, was recently tapped as CEO of a newly formed nonprofit named HOPE Chicago. Launched in September 2021, HOPE Chicago, designed as a two-generation scholarship organization, will focus on the elimination of educational and economic equity barriers by guaranteeing debt-free college and wraparound support services to HOPE Scholars and their parents. The organization will pay the full cost of college for Scholars who are Chicago Public School graduates in need and offer the same support to a parent or guardian who desires to commence post-secondary programming. Seven CSU students were selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the program. HOPE Chicago will also provide counseling mentoring, and career guidance to high school students.

“As an alumna of Chicago State University, we are thrilled to have Dr. Jackson address this year’s graduates,” said President Zaldwaynaka (“Z”) Scott, Esq. “She is a renowned education leader and visionary with a personal passion for transforming lives through education.”

Dr. Jackson, holds a B.A. in secondary education and an M.A. in history from CSU. Jackson also holds an M.A. in leadership and administration and a Ph.D. in education policy studies and urban school leadership. She began her 22-year career with CPS as a social studies teacher and debate team coach at South Shore High School. She served as a high school principal, District Network Chief, and Chief Education Officer in 2017, she was appointed CEO of CPS. She was the first CSU alumna to serve in the position.

About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU), founded in 1867, is the oldest public university in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The University’s five colleges offer over 70 undergraduate and graduate degree-granting and non-degree programs. CSU is committed to equity in education, serving as the only U.S. Department of Education-designated four-year Predominantly Black Institution in Illinois and ranked by a Harvard economist in the top 4% of public and private universities nationwide in supporting our graduates’ economic mobility. The University serves as a prominent civic space on the greater South Side of Chicago by hosting a multitude of athletic, educational, cultural, and recreational activities. The University is located near public transit that provides convenient access to the campus.

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced last month $587,729 in federal funding to Chicago State University. This funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions Program will assist the university in implementing their Resiliency and Capacity Expansion for Student Success in the Health Professions (RECESS-HP) program. Chicago State University is Illinois’ only four-year U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institution.

“HCF applauds U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin for working closely together in taking the effort to ensure that underprivileged institutions in communities of color like Chicago State University have the funding it needs to continue producing academic excellence. We would also like to thank the Department of Education for its investment towards Predominantly Black Institutions through its program. We are excited for this funding, which is part of a 5-year, $2.9 million commitment to help students pursue the health sciences field and boost employment in the Illinois workforce and within the country. I commend President Scott for her continued effort in ensuring that Chicago State University remain relevant and her tireless leadership in CSU’s continued success. We look forward to observing CSU’s plans of utilizing the funds for RECESS-HP and will continue to follow up through our advocacy with the senate to keep the fight ongoing for continuous funding for PBIs like Chicago State,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that supports the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

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Chicago State University’s entrance sign.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $587,729 in federal funding to Chicago State University. The funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominately Black Institutions Program will assist the university in implementing their Resiliency and Capacity Expansion for Student Success in the Health Professions (RECESS-HP) Program. Chicago State, located on Chicago’s South Side, is Illinois’ only four-year U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominately Black Institution.

“Those of us who weren’t always sure we’d be able to go to college or faced barriers upon entry understand the power of a diploma,” said Duckworth. “I’ll keep working with Senator Durbin to ensure federal support for higher education, especially for Illinois schools like Chicago State University and for working class communities and communities of color, so that every American has the opportunity to enroll in college and complete a degree.”

“Higher education should be accessible to every American, no matter who they are or where they live. Today’s federal funding will help recruit and enroll students at Chicago State University to study health and science at an affordable cost. I will continue to work with Senator Duckworth to secure these kind of investments in communities of color and Predominately Black Institutions,” said Durbin.

“This funding, part of a 5-year, $2.9 million commitment, will help ensure Chicago State University’s continued excellence in the health sciences, where our graduate experience 100 percent job placement. Health sciences in an area of growth in the Illinois workforce, and we know that increasing access into the healthcare workforce for communities of color is key to addressing health inequities, so we will continue our innovative student success strategies with this federal funding,” said Chicago State University President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Esq.

Through RECESS-HP, Chicago State plans to prioritize outreach to Black men, develop programs in health education and sciences and improve and expand hybrid and remote learning for students at the university. The U.S. Department of Education’s Predominately Black Institutions Program awards grant to eligible colleges to make higher education more accessible for low-and middle income Black students.

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Dr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU) College of Pharmacy.

CHICAGO, ILDr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU) College of Pharmacy, was named the Illinois State Higher Education Leader, one of 35 higher education professionals chosen for the 2021 Millennium Leadership Initiative by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Leaders will join the AASCU’s 2021 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), which supports higher education leaders in advancing their leadership skills. Dr. Ofori was chosen through a rigorous selection process administrated by a selection committee composed exclusively of presidents and chancellors.

Experience in ELP allows participants to determine where they fit in the academy and to envision what their career path might look like, including a concrete next step. Participants graduate with the skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to administrative roles and gain a national network of motivated peers. Additionally, ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their leadership style and strengths and apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the academic year.

“I am excited to join the Emerging Leaders Program this year as a higher education leader,” said Dr. Edward Ofori, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

Participants will learn from experiences AASCU presidents, senior leaders, and national experts in leadership and student success. Sessions will include theoretical knowledge, practical application, and case study discussions. Leaders will work with their president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator to identify and lead a project or initiative. The campus leader will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the project/initiative. It will feature one faculty-led webinar per month from April-November 2021 and include smaller group sessions for reflection, networking, and case studies.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C. -based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems. Members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise.

About Chicago State University (CSU)
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students to diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.

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CHICAGO, IL (April 1, 2021) – Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation, education and research, announces the election of six new senior executives to the aquarium’s Board of Trustees which includes Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Chicago State University President.

Zaldwaynaka Scott, president of Chicago State University.

“The dynamic group of leaders brings years of economic, cultural, social and community contributions that will bring great value not only to Shedd’s role in the healing and recovery of Chicago but also to informing and strengthening our future ambitions,” said Brain A. Kenney, chairman, president and CEO of GATX Corporation and Shedd Aquarium Board Chairman.

Scott serves as the President of Chicago State University as of 2018 and is considered a thought leader on issues of equity and access in higher education. In her time as President, she has overseen the development and advancement of student success initiatives, developed and implemented a five-year strategic plan and created a statewide, cross-sector Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois’ Higher Education.

“Shedd Aquarium’s Board of Trustees is generous in so many ways, providing hard work, ideas, resources and connections that translate to meaningful and lasting impacts for Shedd and for Chicago,” said Bridget Coughlin PhD, president and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. “We are thrilled to usher in new insights and contributions from six tremendous leaders, who are also passionate about animals and saving this blue planet.”

Shedd is governed by the Shedd Aquarium Society, composed of volunteer corporate, civic and community leaders that make up the Board of Trustees with the primary responsibility for governance oversight and fiduciary accountability, as outlined in the Society bylaws. The board provides strategic direction for institutional priorities through work in both governance and programmatic committees.

About Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium connects nature lovers and animal enthusiast with the aquatic animal world. Beluga encounters, beach clean-ups and 360 virtual dives with Caribbean reef sharks are all tools that deepen connections with wildlife and work toward this vision. For more information, visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

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CSU Speaks to Grants’ Impact as Congress Consider the Program’s Future

Leslie Roundtree, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Chicago State University.

CHICAGO, IL – Dr. Leslie Roundtree, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Chicago State University (CSU), testified on the impact of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) before a Ways and Means Subcommittee of Worker and Family Support. Provost Roundtree was invited by the subcommittee Chairman Congressman Danny Davis as Congressman Davis supports continued investment in the program. The hearing “Health Profession Opportunity Grants; Past Successes and Future Uses,” was on Wednesday, March 10, at 1:00 PM CST.

“The Health Profession Opportunity Grants programs not only give individuals a first-opportunity at securing a post-secondary education, but also a chance to continue up the career ladder,” said Leslie Roundtree, DHS, Interim Provost & Senior Vice President, Chicago State University. “We have seen firsthand that success builds hope. These degrees put the individual participants on a new trajectory and impact families and the communities in which they reside.”

CSU provides one of 32 HPOG programs sponsored through the Administration for Children and Families, which provides much-needed life and job skill services. The grant is a five-year program, which started in 2015. The program assists individuals with low incomes at 200% of poverty and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in securing careers in health sciences through education and financial support. The program, titled STEP UP, targets individuals who may otherwise be unlikely to secure a post-secondary education. The program provides job skill development, career readiness, employment boot camps, and supported employment placement to prepare participants for career and employment success after the program ends.

Provost Roundtree’s testimony is available here

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About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.

New Study Outlines the University’s Pivotal Role in Creating a Strong Diverse Economy & Providing a Robust Return on Investment for Students and Taxpayers

CHICAGO, IL (Feb. 12, 2021) – As Illinois’ only four-year Predominately Black Institution, Chicago State University (CSU) has a proven track record in supporting diverse students’ access and success in securing a college degree. On Thursday, CSU releases its inaugural Economic Impact Study, conducted by economists, that demonstrates the institution is a driving force in the Illinois economy by adding $1.6 billion in income to the Illinois economy, supporting 17,525 jobs, and providing a strong return on investment for students and Illinois taxpayers.

“For everyone dollar invested in Chicago State University, Illinois residents see a $7 return on investment; a clear signal of the depth of our contribution to the city and state,” said Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University. “Through academic research, community initiatives, and education, the institution is a driving force for not only educating diverse students, but also inclusive economic growth.”

Study Findings

The study found that CSU has a significant positive impact on the business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholders groups – students, taxpayers, and society. Using a two-pronged approach that involves an economic impact analysis and an investment analysis, the study calculates the benefits received by each of these groups.

Results of the analysis reflect fiscal year (FY) 2018-19. Through CSU’s operations research, student activities, and alumni employment and leadership, CSU generated more tax revenue than it received. Taxpayer’s average annual rate of return is 11.9%.

“The economic impact report makes clear what we have have long known: Chicago State University is critical to building a strong state economy,” said Governor Pritzker. “That’s why my administration was proud to support CSU with bold investments through the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan, which has provided nearly $30 million for campus infrastructure improvements and a state-of-the-art health sciences simulation facility. I applaud CSU leadership for their work to provide a quality education to its student and I look forward to our continued partnership to educate our next generation of leaders and innovators.”

“CSU’s inaugural economic impact study illustrates the full extent this incredible institution plays in our region’s economy,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Chicago benefits tremendously from the CSU alum who are leading in their professions, and I share President Scott and the University’s passionate commitment to research and engagement that results in equitable development and improved social determinants which strengthen our city and entire region.”

The study also found that an education at CSU is a smart investment for students. Our bachelor degree graduate each earn additional $843,000 over the course of their professional careers. This means a return of $5.00 in increased future earnings for every $1 a student invests in their education at CSU.

“The Economic Impact Statement released by Chicago State University tell us what we already know – the university is an essential part of the economic fabric of the surrounding community, the City of Chicago and the state of Illinois,” said James Derwinski, CEO/Executive Director of Metra. “Among the many ways in the university spurs economic growth is through the focus on equity in public transit, a focus we share. We are honored to be its partner as we look to bring economic transformation to our neighborhoods and communities.”

“Chicago State University is the unacknowledged treasure among the Illinois institutions of higher education,” said Avis LaVelle, Executive Director of Business Leadership Council. “It is time for all to recognize what a jewel CSU is and the extent to which it has contributed to the educational success of so many.”

Study Background

Data and assumptions used in the study are based on several sources, including Fiscal Year 2018-19 academic and financial reports from CSU, industry and employment date from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, outputs of Emsi’s Muti-Regional Social Accounting Matrix model, and studies and surveys relating education to social behavior. The study applies a conservative methodology and follows standard practice using only the most recognized indicators of economic impact and investment effectiveness. Additional information on the study is available here.

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About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students to diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.