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Board of Trustees set goals for campus

Members from both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses are taking part in a university retreat. Members from both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses are taking part in a university retreat.
Their goal, come up with a plan to guide the universities for years to come. Their goal, come up with a plan to guide the universities for years to come.
Another challenge - funding, something Chairman Thomas is not sure how to fix. Another challenge - funding, something Chairman Thomas is not sure how to fix.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Now that SIU's board of trustees has ironed out their differences, they're rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

Members from both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses are taking part in a university retreat.

Their goal, come up with a plan to guide the universities for years to come.

"We will go into very specific details about issues that confront the university system," said Chairman Randal Thomas.

That's the plan for members of SIU's board of trustees during a retreat this week.

It's what chairman Randal Thomas described as a less formal setting to get things done.

"We decided to hold is as a retreat so that we could be more casual so that we could learn about each other better," he said.

But the issues at hand, according to Chancellor Rita Cheng are piling on the with the ever increasing freshman class, which is her primary focus for Carbondale's future.

"Our freshman class could be as high as it was in 1998," she said.

Trying to recruit a much bigger freshman class- means the university will face different challenges. One of which is catering to all students, that includes refreshing and revitalizing academic programs.

"We opened up math sections; we have opened up English sections. More sections with one-on-one success course," Cheng said.

Another challenge - funding, something Chairman Thomas is not sure how to fix.

"It's a nationwide problem, it's a state problem and I'm happy to say that the university has done a very good job of resisting pressures caused by delayed payments, caused by declining payments from the state of Illinois," he said.

It's tackling these problems along with many others over a long term timeline.

"We want to walk away from this with a clear understanding amongst all of the board members that we hit these principals in order for the board to operate," he said.

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