October 2, 2001

9:00 a.m.

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1. Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock
2. Remarks by Stanton Jones, Provost, Wheaton College
3. Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director

Institutional Results Reports Presentations

The Illinois Commitment requires an annual submission of a Results Report from higher education institutions and agencies to provide evidence of progress toward the six statewide goals: economic growth, teaching and learning, affordability, access and diversity, high expectations and quality, and productivity and accountability. Institutions and agencies include in these reports examples of "best practice" initiatives and accomplishments. Selected institutions will highlight their best practice initiatives at the Board meeting. (Introductions by Keith R. Sanders)

The reports are available in printed form upon request


Report of the Commission on Persistence and Degree Completion

As part of its plans to implement The Illinois Commitment, the Board of Higher Education appointed a Commission on Persistence and Degree Completion in February 2001. The Commission, comprised of fifteen public and private college and university presidents and chancellors, has identified objectives and strategies for improving persistence and degree completion among students attending Illinois colleges and universities in a report, Success for Today's Students.

The Commission suggests that efforts to improve persistence and degree completion should: complement continuing efforts to expand access and opportunity to maintain affordability; accommodate the diverse educational objectives, attendance patterns, support needs of all students, and emphasize the value of life-long learning; recognize the differences in mission among sectors of higher education and individual institutions within each sector; strengthen and expand partnerships and cooperative agreements among colleges and universities and between higher education and elementary and secondary schools; and give priority to the needs of Illinois higher education's diverse students and support the efforts of individual institutions and partnerships among institutions. (Presentation by Victor J. Boschini, Jr., President, Illinois State University)

Success for Today's Students : Report to the Illinois Board of Higher Education By the Commission on Persistence and Degree Completion


Improving College Readiness in Illinois: A Philosophy and Agenda for Student Success (Action)

This item summarizes several recent activities and reports pertaining to college readiness and remediation, including the Illinois Community College Board's Report on Remedial Education: Collaborating to Strengthen Student Preparation, and the following reports prepared for the Board of Higher Education: Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Diversity for a New Century and Investing in the Future: College Readiness in Illinois. The item also presents a summary of recommendations drawn from previous reports regarding improving college readiness, including support for increasing the percentage of high school graduates who have the knowledge and skills for success in postsecondary education and the workplace; early identification and provision of remediation services; aligning high school graduation requirements with college admission standards; developing statewide consensus on what constitutes minimum college level work; and the collaborative development of a student record system. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)


Implementation of the Report on Access and Diversity: Development of Annual Report on Readiness for College and Work (Action)

In August 2001 the Board of Higher Education approved the recommendation of the Committee on Access and Diversity to develop an annual report on readiness for college and work. The report will serve as an accountability document providing an annual snapshot of the state of preparation and achievement of high school students at the final point in their elementary/secondary school careers. It also will review how well these students do in their first year of college.

This Board item is put forward to aid the development of an annual readiness report that will be published at a future date. In the meantime, Board of Higher Education members and staff will engage the higher education community and other interested persons in a discussion about the selection of information for inclusion in the report and about how such a report is best organized and presented. (Presentation by Doug Day)


Implementation of the Report on Access and Diversity: A College Prep Curriculum for All High School Students

Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Diversity for a New Century, the report of the Committee on Access and Diversity, recommended that all high school students take a college prep curriculum. This item provides information and rationale about this recommendation, supplementing material in the Committee's report and offering answers to commonly asked questions. (Presentation by Doug Day)


University of Phoenix: Recommendation for Certificate of Approval and Authorization to Operate (Action)

This item recommends that the University of Phoenix be granted the authority to operate as a postsecondary degree-granting institution in Illinois' North Suburban and West Suburban regions. The University of Phoenix is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc., and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The University offers degree programs across the country using both on-site and distance learning delivery systems. (Presentation by Marcia Langsjoen)


Committee on Statewide Capital Policies and Priorities

This oral report will provide an update on the work of the Committee on Statewide Capital Policies and Priorities. (Presentation by Bob English)

11. Consent and Information Agenda (Action)
12. Advisory Committee Reports
13. Executive Session
14. Other Matters
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes August 21, 2001
CA-2. Financial Report

State Matching Grant Program - Fiscal Year 2002 Adjusted Grant Allocation

This item recommends an adjustment to the allocation of the fiscal year 2002 appropriation for the State Matching Grant Program. The adjusted allocation includes funds for 15 institutions eligible to receive grants under this program. (Dan Layzell)


General Grants Fiscal Year 2002 Allocation

This item recommends that the staff proceed with a grant agreement and distribution of the fiscal year 2002 appropriation of $500,000 for the International High School Initiative. (Dan Layzell)


New Units of Instruction, Public Service and Research at Public Universities

This item recommends approval of the B.A. in Women's Studies at Western Illinois University and approval of two centers at Illinois State University: the Adlai E. Stevenson II Center for Community and Economic Development and the Center for Reading and Literacy. (Diane Gilleland)


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

This item recommends approval of operating and/or degree granting authority for the following institutions: Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago, Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago Northwest, Rush University, and Taylor Business Institute. (Diane Gilleland)