||Announcements and Remarks
by Chairman Jerry D. Blakemore
Resolution of Appreciation for Ramon Martinez, Jr., Member, Illinois
Board of Higher Education
||Remarks by Keith R. Sanders,
||MinutesDecember 15, 1998 Board Meeting
||Consent and Information
A list of Consent Agenda and Information Items follows the regular agenda
||Advisory Committee Reports
||Highlights of the Statewide
Survey of Public University Seniors in Illinois
This item presents an overview of the results of the statewide
telephone survey of 1,180 Illinois public university seniors conducted
by researchers at the University of Illinois at Springfield Survey
Research Office during fall 1999. This survey is one of four statewide
surveys of Illinois residents, opinion leaders, employers, and students,
that were part of the Boards planning initiative "A Citizens
Agenda for Illinois Higher Education." Survey results show
that public university seniors expressed strong satisfaction with
their overall university experience, but also indicated areas for
improvement. (Presentation by Richard Schuldt, Survey Research Office,
University of Illinois at Springfield)
Illinois Commitment: Partnerships, Opportunities, and Excellence (Action)
This item presents the Illinois Commitment: Partnerships, Opportunities,
and Excellence. Previously considered in July and December 1998,
the Board will consider six goals that will guide decision-making
and budget development in the coming years. The item also proposes
state-level actions and expected results associated with each goal
that will provide accountability. The report calls upon each college,
university, and agency to determine how it will contribute to the
Illinois Commitment and how it will be accountable for these contributions.
E-mail Doug Day for additonal
Higher Education Budget Development (Action)
This document recommends Board endorsement of a budget development
process that strengthens the link between statewide strategic goals
defined in the Illinois Commitment and the development of budget
recommendations. The process includes the development of a Statewide
Budget Context document early in the process to ensure that institutional
budget requests are consistent with and support statewide policy
initiatives and budget priorities. Budget Overview Meetings are
to be held to build consensus on overall budget priorities and to
allow for broad participation. Performance measures will be developed
so that each institution can assess its progress toward achieving
goals, and report on its contributions to the achievement of statewide
E-mail Mark Wilcockson for additional information.
partnership for educational excellence (Action)
This item proposes a partnership among the Illinois State Board
of Education, Illinois Community College Board, and Illinois Board
of Higher Education to improve the educational attainment of Illinois
citizens across the full educational continuum from P (pre-school)
through 16 (the bachelors degree) and beyond. The item establishes
long-term goals and identifies immediate actions in three priority
areas: smoothing the transition from high school to college (College-Ready
Kids); improving the recruitment, preparation, and development of
classroom teachers (Classroom-Ready Teachers); and expanding the
use of technology to improve educational opportunities (Log-on Learning).
E-mail Ann Bragg for additional information.
- Higher Education Cooperation Act: Telecommunications Grants
Fiscal Year 1999 Allocation (Action)
State appropriations in fiscal years 1994, 1995, and 1997 supported
the development and expansion of the Illinois Video Education Network.
This network consists of 371 interactive video sites throughout
the state on campuses of public universities, community colleges,
and independent higher education institutions and in business extension
sites, hospitals, high schools and libraries. This item presents
an allocation of the fiscal year 1999 appropriation of $15.0
million for completion of this network. The allocation provides
for development of 77 additional sites and various network improvements.
In November 1997, the Board of Higher Education endorsed a plan
calling for the creation of the Illinois Century Network, a state-of-the-art,
statewide, high-speed backbone. An engineering committee completed
a basic design and budget model for the Illinois Century Network
in December 1998. This item provides an overview of the engineering
report and other activities related to the development of the
Illinois Century Network.
Matkin for additional information.
Public universities, community colleges, and the Board of Higher
Education continue to update information systems and embedded
systems to ensure uninterrupted operations in the year 2000. This
item reviews the progress made in preparing for the year 2000.
E-mail Rich Jachino
for additional information.
||Report on the University
Center of Lake County
(Presentation by Edwin Moore)
Matching Grant Program: Adopted Rules (Action)
This item submits for Board action rules for the administration
of the State Matching Grant Program authorized by Public Act 90-730.
The State Matching Grant Program provides matching grants to Illinois
institutions of higher education for use as incentives in the competition
for external grants and contracts.
E-mail Ross Hodel
for additional information.