In an interview with local newspaper The Galesburg Register-Mail, President Teresa Amott expounded upon several themes she had previously touched upon in her State of the College address, including the importance of growing the college and ongoing strategic planning efforts.
Highlights of the interview included:
Enrollment: Amott reiterated the school’s previously stated goal of reaching an enrollment of 1,600 students (roughly 200 more students than are currently on campus) over a period of five years. In addition to providing increased tuition revenue to help alleviate the school’s fiscal problems, she also promised to “add faculty and staff members and to expand the educational offerings of the college into new and important areas of study.”
Budget: Saying that she and other college presidents “are focused like lasers on the need to contain costs and address affordability,” Amott acknowledged that the budgetary crunch had forced the school to trim wages and compensation packages for employees, but promised a new long-term plan to find and retain high-quality faculty and staff.
Facilities: Amott promised new academic buildings and expansion of currently existing science and arts areas in order to accommodate the projected enrollment increase. She additionally said that the school would use local Galesburg businesses for new construction whenever possible as a way of helping the local economy.