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U of Ill. officials says aviation program needs to be closed in cost savings push
February 11, 2011
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  • By Associated Press

    February 3, 2011

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – A University of Illinois official is recommending the closing of the school’s aviation program in an effort to save money.

    Robert Easter is interim chancellor. He said in a letter dated Thursday that a review of the program found it to be expendable as the school looks for ways to save money and refine its focus.

    Easter last year estimated the university could save up to $750,000 a year by closing the program.

    At that point Easter held out the possibility of creating a non-degree aviation program. He said in Thursday’s letter there wasn’t enough demand to make that financially viable.

    The letter calls for a yet-to-be-set public hearing on the recommendation.

    The aviation program review was part of an effort look at all school programs for cost savings.–universityofillinois-aviationprogram,0,4862343.story

    Date: 2011-02-03