December 14, 1999

9:00 a.m.


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Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock



Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director


3. Statewide Results Reports

This report assesses higher education’s efforts to meet the six goals of “The Illinois Commitment”. It also proposes some improvement, including the need for better information and a renewed effort to bring more Illinoisans into the educational system. (Presentation by Keith R. Sanders and Diane Gilleland)


4. Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Recommendations for Illinois Higher Education (Action)

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The budget recommendations focus new resources on the programs and activities necessary to implement the goals of “The Illinois Commitment”. New funds totaling $177.1 million, including $155.0 million in new state general funds, are recommended for operations and grants. The recommendations include $30.9 million for higher education to help business and industry sustain strong economic growth; $6.9 million for higher education to join elementary and secondary schools to improve teaching and learning at all levels; $24.6 million to ensure no Illinois citizen will be denied an opportunity to a college education because of financial need; $11.7 million for Illinois to increase the number and diversity of citizens completing training and education programs; $79.7 million for colleges and universities to hold students to even higher expectations for learning and to be accountable for the quality of academic programs and the assessment of learning; and $23.3 million for colleges and universities to improve productivity, cost-effectiveness and accountability.

The fiscal year 2001 recommendations of $443.8 million for capital improvements support 49 projects as well as capital renewal projects for each community college and public university. (Presentation by Keith R. Sanders and Debra Smitley)


5. Higher Education Cooperation Act—School-College (P-16+) Grant Allocations

As part of its P-16+ Partnership agreement with the State Board of Education and the Community College Board, the Board of Higher Education received authorization form the General Assembly to create a new grant program under the HECA grant umbrella. This item awards the $725,000 appropriated by the Governor and General Assembly for grants in fiscal year 2000 to partnerships of schools, community colleges, and baccalaureate colleges and universities to better prepare College-Ready Kids and Classroom-Ready Teachers. (Presentation by Ann Bragg)


6. Illinois Century Network: Activities Update

This item details activities that have occurred with regard to the Illinois Century Network since August. (Presentation by Neil Matkin)


7. The Committee on Access and Diversity: Information on Public Hearings and Focus Groups

The Committee on Access and Diversity plans to hold five statewide hearings during January 2000. During these hearings the Committee seeks public comment on the practices and policies that enhance student access and diversity. The Committee also plans to convene focus groups to address the topic affordability and issues pertaining to students with disabilities and minority students. (Presentation by Jerry D. Blakemore)


Advisory Committee Reports



Consent Agenda and Information Items





Minutes of the October 5, 1999 Board Meeting



Financial Report – Office Operations (Debra Smitley)


CA-3. Engineering Grant Program—Fiscal Year 2000 Allocation

This item recommends the allocation of $2,758,800 in matching grants to eight institutions with recognized engineering degree programs for use in the purchase of engineering equipment and software. (Jim Forstall)

CA-4. Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program—Federal Fiscal Year 1999 Grant Awards

This program supports professional development activities to improve the teaching and learning in elementary and secondary mathematics and sciences programs. It is administered in conjunction with grants made for similar purposes through the Illinois State Board of Education. Grants totaling $2,290,000 are recommended for 45 projects. (Jim Forstall)

CA-5. New Operating and/or Degree Granting Authority for Independent Institutions

This item requests approval for operating and/or degree-granting authority for: Calumet College of Saint Joseph, B.S. in Law Enforcement Management in the South Metropolitan Region 6; DePaul University, M.A. in Applied Technology in the West Suburban Region 3; Dominican University, B.S. in Computer Information Systems in the North Suburban Region 1, Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, and Westwood College of Technology, the Certificate of Approval and Authorization to Operate and Authorization to Grant the A.A.S. in Computer Programming and Software Technology, A.A.S. in Computer Network Technology, A.A.S. in CAD/Architectural Drafting, A.A.S. in Graphic Design and Multimedia, and A.A.S. in Medical Assistant. (Ann Bragg)

CA-6. New Units of Instruction at Public Universities

This item recommends approval for five public universities to establish four new bachelor’s, three new master’s, and one new doctoral program on campus and also recommends approval for three public universities to offer three bachelor’s and four master’s degree programs off-campus. (Ann Bragg)

CA-7. New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges

This item requests approval of three associate degree programs to be offered by three public community colleges: an A.A.S in Aviation Flight at Kaskaskia College, an A.A.S. in Human Services at Oakton Community College, and an Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.) degree at Triton College. (Ann Bragg)

CA-8. Public University Noninstructional Project Approval

This item recommends approval for noninstructional capital improvement projects at Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois. (Sharon Ward)





Status Report on Y2K Preparedness

This item provides a status report on Y2K preparedness in the higher education community.(Rich Jachino)


II-2. Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

This state-mandated report summarizes data on public university tuition waivers granted for purposes of achieving gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. It also contains summaries of public university plans for achievement of gender equity. (Mark Wilcockson)


II-3. Fall 1999 Enrollments in Illinois Higher Education.

This report summarizes preliminary fall term 1999 enrollments in Illinois higher education. (Ross Hodel)