As the budget shrinks at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Chancellor Rita Cheng writes in this blog post that the school has had to make some hard choices to stay competitive. The school streamlined spending by reducing the number of fiscal officers, implementing a hiring freeze and seeking other sources of income. "What matters, in the end, is the quality of the education. In that regard, minding the budget and making these strategic decisions is not only financially prudent, but central to building a thriving university community that sets students up for success," Cheng writes.

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