the Chicago Sun-Times
The City Colleges of Chicago, which has seen steady declines in student enrollment, raised tuition this year to shore up the community college network’s finances but continued to add new non-classroom administrators and to give raises to others.
Among those getting a boost in pay: Cheryl Hyman, the system’s chancellor, who was given a one-time $35,000 bonus by the City Colleges board for “meritorious service” without any formal evaluation, public discussion or vote.
Though Hyman had no experience in higher education, Mayor Richard M. Daley brought her on in 2010, and Emanuel has kept her on the job.
Under her leadership, records show:
• The number of City Colleges employees working in the district’s main office has grown by 25 percent in the past four years, even as the number of full- and part-time faculty members decreased by 3 percent, from 1,637 to 1,584.
• Spending on administrative staff increased from $40 million in 2010 to $47.5 million in 2015 and is projected to hit $53 million in the school system’s new budget.
• During the same period, the amount spent on the seven City Colleges campuses – including classroom instruction and support services such as tutoring and advising, among other things – rose by 4.5 percent, from $219 million to $229 million.
• Since 2011, enrollment has fallen by 16 percent — from 119,000 students to about 100,000.
• Tuition was raised this year by $200 to $250 per class to bring in an additional $12 million.
About 60 percent of the City Colleges’ $700 million annual budget — about $400 million — comes from local, state or federal funding. The rest comes from tuition, fees and money borrowed through the bond market to pay for capital projects.