Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » So, what will Vallas do?
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
So, what will Vallas do?

Friday, Mar 24, 2017

* I’ve seen a whole lot of stories about putting Paul Vallas in charge of Chicago State University. Some have focused on the fact that a white man would be running a predominantly African-American university. Some have focused on the various enemies he has. Some have talked about how Gov. Rauner wants to install him, which they claim can’t be good, except that Vallas ran with Pat Quinn against Rauner in 2014.

What I wanted to know was, what does Vallas intend to do at CSU? I talked with him about it a bit last night. It was clear that he had some ideas, so I reached out to one of his people and asked that person to get me some bullet points. Here they are, slightly edited…

1. Paul has already built a Strategic Planning Team. I can’t release names without permission, but this team is absolutely dedicated and has already met several times, working pro bono to prepare to conduct a comprehensive and wholly transparent review of CSU’s finances, organization, operations and education programs for the purposes of developing a long-term Strategic Plan for CSU. The review will include document review, interviews and listening sessions with administrators, faculty, students and stakeholder communities.

2. He will develop a separate budget with dedicated revenue sources to address the university’s long-term debt obligations and legacy costs. This will insulate and protect the university’s core operating budget to ensure financial stability and sustainability of the transformation.

3. CSU will serve as a “hub” of many CSU-curated, but not always CSU-generated, education, occupational training, and community support services. Like other prominent universities, CSU will also build capacity to launch programs that will not only expand education and job training opportunities, but that will also generate profits. These profits will be reinvested into the university including programs and buildings with potential reductions in tuition costs and increased scholarships, and used to help retire long-term obligations. (Also less dependence on state dollars – crucial in times like these).

4. Paul has already identified other local universities with plenty of programs but shortage of space. CSU has plenty of space, not enough programs. He will explore “swap partnership” space for their students, new programs and classes for CSU students – no cost to CSU, more & better programs for students – all to drive increased enrollment / more dollars to CSU – in spite of budget impasse.

5. He’s already talked to a prominent Silicon Valley tech firm interested in coming in to provide new tech platform at a cut rate. It is interested in helping out and is a fascinating project and a chance to “do good.” Its involvement would include tech internships and training for CSU students. Perhaps tech “lab” type course as the project is implemented. Increased use of digital learning tools at CSU will not replace the “physical” university which has ample space, but will be newly employed to:

    • expand course offerings, experiences, and learning resources;
    • Support blended learning and provide on-line courses and degree and certification programs – to drive increased enrollment.
    • Support student learning 24 hours a day/7 days a week;
    • Facilitate individualized learning programs;
    • Develop online and 21st century learning skills;
    • Increase student engagement, motivation, and completion/degree attainment;
    • Accelerate learning; and
    • Link both instructors to their students and to quality content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalized learning.

6. Will seek partnerships with international universities from African and Caribbean nations, for potential exchange, study abroad programs.

Vallas also talked last night about starting up a program to train a new generation of firefighters and police officers.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

29 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    Geez, the guy wants the gig, that’s for sure. Nice to see big thinking going on here.

    Ummm… is Rauner on board with keeping CSU going? Given his past actions, I thought he was looking for a liquidator.


  2. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    ===I thought he was looking for a liquidator===

    Lots still do. But I just don’t think Vallas would take this gig to shut down the school.


  3. - LevivotedforJudy - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Hire him ASAP


  4. - Who else - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:01 pm:

    Agree with wordslinger- I thought it was a known (though unspoken) thing that Vallas was sent in to liquidate.


  5. - STILL WATERS - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    The previous person in charge of CSU had many of the same great ideas and he was African American. There are plenty of qualified African American administrators out there. Perhaps the Governor should search inside that box before appointing a Caucasian to the position. ‘JUST SAYIN’”


  6. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    Vallas certainly isn’t talking like a liquidator.


  7. - Carhartt Representative - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    He has made a career being the white guy running minority education. He does have plenty of experience shutting schools down, but I don’t think he’s there to shut it down, but I expect them to try and change Chicago State away from it’s historic mission. In any event, I don’t think it’s good news.


  8. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    ===He does have plenty of experience shutting schools down===

    Where?


  9. - Anon - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    A shakeup is needed. The current administration has wreaked havoc. If they were concerned about their jobs, then they should have done a better job. I understand people making this a race thing, but at this point, there needs to be a person put in place to right the ship. No one is saying he will be president forever.


  10. - educator - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    Let’s hope CSU is not boarded up. IL needs the university. Educating inner city schools should be the gov’s mission.


  11. - crazybleedingheart - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    Kudos to the staffers for coming up with so many long and different bullet points for the word “privatize.” Much better work than the usual Rauner press shop cut and paste.


  12. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    ==- Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:06 pm:==

    New Orleans


  13. - Amalia - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    CSU is not an institution for African Americans only it is a University. that serves primarily the south side and southern suburbs. serves, but lately, not well. open the job up, but Vallas is a good candidate.


  14. - walker - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    Vallas has always been a font of good ideas. A planner at many levels. A multi-tasker across the public/charter divide. Appears to be honest and ethical.

    But…Has he got more than Quinn-level administrative skills?


  15. - Paul - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:35 pm:

    Sounds like he wants to abandoned the historic mission and integrating the school. Doesn’t sound at all like he wants to provide the services needed to enhance a college education for the African American student. Instead of bringing a robust schedule of classes; he’s going to farm out space to other colleges with different agendas. Police and Firetraining for African American students or for everyone. The unique culture of CSU will be lost under this leadership.


  16. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:37 pm:

    ===abandoned the historic mission===

    It’s not a traditional historically black school. It became one by default.


  17. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:40 pm:

    ===New Orleans ===

    I think Katrina had something to do with that.


  18. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    –I think Katrina had something to do with that.–

    If Vallas can promise another Katrina, you know the tronclodytes will back him.


  19. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    The bias on this blog with anything affiliated or remotely attached to Rauner is stunning. Fear mongering,Vallas is more than qualified for this position and this outline of how to improve CSU is beneficial to all students, facilities and staff. Grow up.


  20. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    I should clarify from the comment section. Apologies


  21. - CSU Cougars - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:28 pm:

    The smear campaign against Vallas appears to be coordinated by the allies of former scandal plagued CSU President Wayne Watson (Friend of Emil Jones, Sr.) who still hold well paid positions on campus.

    Watson saddled the struggling university with several lawsuit judgments and out of court settlements during his reign of error. Enrollment cratered on his watch.

    While Chicago State University has a majority African American student body that occurred during the past thirty-five or forty years. The university dates back to 1867 when it was a normal school.


  22. - rafa151 - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    Page two of Thursday’s Sun-Times made the claim that everywhere Vallas has been - the graduation rate of Black and Hispanic students has gone down.
    Is this mostly true?


  23. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    ===Page two of Thursday’s Sun-Times made the claim===

    That column made a lot of weird claims.


  24. - What's Up - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:54 pm:

    Seriously people, if you were drowning (like CSU) and someone tried to rescue you would you object is the person tossing you the life preserver and rowing the boat to pull you in were white rather than black?


  25. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    Trib has a new story that some aldermen and religious leaders held a presser today against Vallas.


  26. - DuPage - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    A lot of the hi-tech improvements they are talking about for CSU were implemented by some of the suburban community colleges 15-20 years ago.


  27. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 5:32 pm:

    ==- CSU Cougars - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 3:28 pm:

    The smear campaign against Vallas appears to be coordinated by the allies of former scandal plagued CSU President Wayne Watson==

    Not appears to be, is! Certifiable fact. They don’t want smart and ethical poking around the books, and the remnants of Watson’s regime want to keep their jobs. Why do you think the board gave Calhoun $600,000 to exit in silence? The race issue is a false flag. Calhoun is black but he was getting too close to exposing truths, so boom! He was out with a taxpayer funded windfall in 9 months. Same folks to a person that shoved him out are behind this. Funny that they think they are so clever when it’s totally transparent.


  28. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Mar 27, 17 @ 10:41 am:

    ==- Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 24, 17 @ 2:40 pm:==

    Just wanted to add since I didn’t get to on Friday:
    -After Katrina, Louisiana moved dozens of New Orleans schools to the statewide “Recovery School District,” (RSD) which existed prior to Katrina
    -Vallas and his successor closed every single school that existed prior to Katrina. Many never reopened, others were converted into charters. By 2014, RSD no longer operated non-charter schools.


  29. - Candy Cane - Monday, Mar 27, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    CSU is dying, the race of the doctor is not a prerequisite, just his skills. and with the influx of students from India, CSU study body may not be predominantly Black anymore.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Is Preckwinkle toast?
* "Who’s ‘bailing out’ whom?"
* Where are the other GOP candidates?
* Rauner spokesperson says Madigan claim "absolutely false"
* Republican Party calls White's decision to run again "a gift to Madigan"
* Moody's issues warning on school funding impasse
* Biss again calls on opponents to release tax returns
* Rauner feeling heat on his right flank
* US Rep. Kelly endorses Biss
* If at first you don't succeed...
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Water is wet and Jesse White is running again
* Governor's Day roundup
* Cartoon removed, racism denied
* *** LIVE *** Democrat Day coverage
* Rep. Andersson to retire
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Rauner spokesperson says Madigan claim “absolut.....
* No Americans trust their state government less .....
* School Funding, Cartoon — No Laughing Matter - .....
* Rauner seeks federal help in assessing flood da.....
* Rauner signs Davidsmeyer-sponsored bill making .....
* Correction: Illinois School Funding story - Lon.....
* Rauner feeling heat on his right flank - The Ca.....
* FEMA to begin flood damage estimates in McHenry.....
* Illinois House schedules school-funding veto ov.....


* Correction: Illinois School Funding story
* Correction: Civil Unions-Religious Battle story
* Sentence next for Chicago activist with US immigration crime
* Ford to pay up to $10.1M to settle harassment allegations
* EXCHANGE: Workshop plants seed for college, careers
* 2nd co-defendant convicted in 2015 Indiana shooting deaths
* Illinois Democrats gather in Springfield, but not at fair
* Former Chicago US Attorney Zachary Fardon joins law firm
* Sentence next for Chicago activist with US immigration crime
* Charlottesville victim's mother urges 'righteous action'

* Jesse White to seek sixth term as Illinois secretary of state
* Rauner: Trump's comments on Charlottesville 'damage America '
* Rauner's school funding changes fail in House
* Illinois House condemns white supremacists
* House vote on Rauner school veto defeated
* Republicans say school talks scheduled Friday in Chicago
* Rauner blasts 'special deals' for Chicago
* Regulators seek more details on state's first fracking permit
* House won't vote on education bill veto override Wednesday
* Political days bound to be raucous and eventful during Illinois State Fair

* Out with nursing homes, in with home health care
* This Kohler director has a new side job in health care
* University of Chicago expands south with new dorm
* America's other coal job, ignored by politicians, is dying fast
* Sessions blasts Chicago, sanctuary cities; calls Miami 'good' example


* Police: Man arrested after trying to rob Evanston CVS for second time
* Halas Intrigue podcast: Should Bears be worried about their O-line?
* Police treating fatal Barcelona van crash as terror attack
* Gov hopeful Daniel Biss: Faith that fuels divisiveness is ‘dead wrong’
* Leland ‘Sugar’ Cain, top railroad chef in glory era, dead at 92
* NFL allowing more personalized cleats before games
* ‘The killer was 16, and I was on the jury’
* Jesse White running for re-election
* 14-year-old girl missing from Greater Grand Crossing
* WATCH: High schooler throws 97 mph on Speed Pitch at White Sox game


* Zarlengo's brings homemade Italian ice to the Southland
* Democratic governor candidates say Rauner too late in criticizing Trump
* Sources: Feds made recordings at Cinespace studios in probe of Teamsters boss
* Man charged with dumping loaded gun into trash can at Cook County Jail
* Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 1, injuring several
* Sheriff: Man revived after suffering overdose in Lake County Circuit Court
* Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam also to face trial in Belgium
* Police identify man found dead outside of Buffalo Grove apartment complex
* Taming the Dodge Challenger Hellcat at track safety school
* Bonci pizzeria opens in West Loop, bringing Roman al taglio style to Chicago


» Three Takeaways From Springfield’s (In)Action On School Funding
» Struggling Gary Schools Open Under New Leadership — The State
» Illinois Issues: Cairo Faces Public Housing Crisis
» Rauner Outlines 2018 Campaign Themes: Madigan, Madigan, Madigan
» U.S. Attorney General Slams Chicago (Again) Over Sanctuary Policies
» Illinois House Vote On Rauner School Veto Defeated
» Illinois House Democrats Deal Rauner Symbolic Blow In School-Funding Fight
» Hastert Officially No Longer In Custody; Probation Begins
» Professor Turned Down White Nationalist’s Email Request To Speak At University Of Chicago
» Chicago Public Schools Sinks Further Into Debt


* Jesse White to seek sixth term as Illinois secretary of state
* Bernard Schoenburg: Pritzker to release tax info soon, touts Stratton's mediator skills
* Our View: Keep those consolidation efforts coming
* Rauner: Trump's comments on Charlottesville 'damage America '
* Rauner's school funding changes fail in House
* Illinois House condemns white supremacists
* House vote on Rauner school veto defeated
* Republicans say school talks scheduled Friday in Chicago
* Rauner blasts 'special deals' for Chicago
* Regulators seek more details on state's first fracking permit


* Girl Scouts work with NASA, SETI Institute to skyrocket girls’ STEM interest
* 08-17-17 Penny for Your Thoughts
* Departments extinguish Bethalto fire; Cottage Hills truck hit en route
* Madison County police news, Aug. 17
* Amanda's picks: 6 things to do this weekend
* 'His spirit will live on:' Festival renamed in honor of Q-C native Bill Bell, "The Jazz Professor"
* Erickson defends statement siding with Trump
* With high expectations, Bulldogs beef up schedule
* See the Yorktown Golf Course golf cart theft surveillance video
* Springfield Clinic main campus building closed


* Man found dead in Buffalo Grove likely overdosed, police say
* 'Free cruise' robocalls could get you $900
* Alderman says Lincoln bust in West Englewood burned
* Feder: After four months Kathy Hart breaks silence, vows to be back on the air
* Rauner seeks federal help in assessing flood damage

* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roska...
* Local Legislators Speak Out on Charlottesv...
* Illinois lawmakers blast President Trump's...
* Local lawmakers blast Trump's comments on ...
* Trump's 'Both Sides' Comments Draw Harsh L...
* Hultgren backs change to Voting Rights Act...
* Genevans respond to Charlottesville event ...
* Oswego Pastor Gives Prayer on US House Flo...
* Lakewood resident announces election bid i...

* Durbin: Trump 'sabotaging' ACA, bipartisan......
* Durbin: Trump 'sabotaging' ACA, bipartisan......

* Senator Tammy Duckworth: "What's Wrong wit......
* Duckworth: Keep crop insurance protections......

* Consulate liaisions work together on strategy
* Morris speaks about anniversary of Fair Housing Act
* Rauner: Trump’s Charlottesville comments “damage America,’ and other Chicago news
* What's That Sound? Probably Air Show Practice
* The National Education Association needs to do better in the fight against white supremacy.
* Justifying white supremacy? Their efforts to do so further taint the concept
* George Maher Sheridan Road Mansion Sells, To Be Rehabbed
* Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative
* U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty in Church Playground Case
* Roskam: Trump's comments about Charlottesville "not acceptable"


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons
* Essential Phone will get 2 years of updates, new wireless accessories every few months
* Sprint ‘clarifies’ BlackBerry KEYone bloatware situation, software update coming soon
* Nokia 8, Galaxy Note 8, accessibility rate | #PNWeekly 266 (LIVE at 3pm Eastern)
* Sprint’s ‘exclusive’ Essential Phone pre-orders are underway with Flex Lease discounts
* The Nokia 8 is a 2017 flagship being released only in Europe
* Sign up for three months of AT&T DirecTV Now service and get an Apple TV on the house

* Lopez faces Rangers in second start for Sox
* White Sox hit 4 homers, but Dodgers walk off
* Delmonico adds 2-homer game to historic rise
* Sox homer on 1st pitch in 2nd straight game
* White Sox hit 4 homers, but Dodgers walk off
* Sox homer on 1st pitch in 2nd straight game
* White Sox hit 4 homers, but Dodgers walk off


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller