051915 js 0211.resizeVILLA PARK- Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) released an open letter to students, faculty and DuPage County taxpayers calling on the College of DuPage’s board to quit its infighting and find a way to work together through the use of a third-party mediator.

“In Springfield, we were able to set our differences aside to negotiate a bipartisan compromise to release gas tax money to local municipalities,” said Cullerton. “If we can work together, so can you.”

This week, the College of DuPage board refused to meet, fueling an impasse. The board was unable to conduct college business, such as discussing new hires and academic programs.

“The students, faculty and tax payers of DuPage County deserve better,” said Cullerton. “The College of DuPage is a tremendous resource to our community. We need a third-party mediator to move us in the right direction to rehabilitate the public image of this fine institution.”










 Dear Students, Faculty and Taxpayers,

Throughout the last year, the College of DuPage has been plagued with scandal after scandal.

The name of the university has been dragged through the mud without care or consideration for the students and faculty who have worked incredibly hard. Regardless of what the newest discouraging headline may be, students and faculty completed their work for finals, submitted and graded term papers and participated in weekly discussions. You persevered.

The College of DuPage provides first-class opportunities for thousands of suburban students each year. Thanks to its students, faculty and staff, it remains one of the country’s top community colleges.

It’s important to remember that when we discuss the College of DuPage, the students and faculty should not carry the blame for the administration and board’s misconduct. The educational quality of the institution has never been in question.

However, it is true that the last year has taught us that there is a great need to reform the way our state community colleges do business and handle administrative decisions. This needs to be done to work toward avoiding similar abuses at higher education institutions across Illinois.

Today, I call on the board and administration to stop the infighting and meet for the sake of our students and faculty. Work together to bring the College of DuPage back to the level of success our students, faculty and taxpayers deserve.

If we were able to set aside differences in Springfield and negotiate a compromise on the legislation I sponsored to ensure local communities have the resources they need, you can too.

Perhaps the best way forward at this point is to bring in an impartial third-party mediator for the College of DuPage board who will help fill this leadership void and move in the right direction to rehabilitate the public image of this fine institution.

We owe it to current, past and future students, faculty and taxpayers of DuPage County.




 Tom Cullerton, State Senator 23rd District

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