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February 6, 2007
9:00 a.m.

Springfield Hilton Hotel
Prairie Room, Mezzanine Level
Springfield, Illinois

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1. Call Meeting to Order, Chairman James L. Kaplan
2. Announcements and Remarks, Chairman James L. Kaplan

Remarks by Judy Erwin, Executive Director

4. Advisory Committee Reports
Committees that advise the Illinois Board of Higher Education will comment on their respective committee's perspectives and observations concerning items on the meeting agenda. (Presentations by Curtis White, Faculty Advisory Council; Danielle Gaines, Student Advisory Committee; Jerry Dill, Proprietary Advisory Committee; Keith Miller, Council of Community College Presidents; and Dave Tretter, Private College and University Advisory Committee.)

Presentation by Robert Sheets, Policy Advisor, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

6. Report on Institutional Program Reviews (Information)
This item contains a summary report on 2005-2006 Institutional Program Reviews. (Rick Pearce; Ocheng Jany; Presentation by Gary Alexander)
7. New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges (Action)
This item recommends approval of two new associate degree programs to be offered at the following community colleges: Kankakee Community College and Lincoln Trail College. (Lynn Murphy, Debbie Meisner-Bertauski; Richard Tapia; Presentation by Gary Alexander)
8. New Operating and/or Degree-Granting Authority for Independent Institutions (Action)
This item recommends approval of operating and/or degree-granting authority to the following institutions: International Academy of Design and Technology; McKendree College; and University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Lynn Murphy; Arthur Sutton; Presentation by Gary Alexander)
9. New Units of Instruction, Public Service and Research at Public Universities (Action)
This item recommends approval of one degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Ocheng Jany; Christy England-Siegerdt; Richard Pearce; Presentation by Gary Alexander)
10. Nursing School Grant Program, Fiscal Year 2007 Award Allocation (Action)
This item requests approval of the Fiscal Year 2007 allocation of $1.5 million for Expansion and Improvement Grant projects under the Nursing School Grant Program. (Sandi Gillilan; Mike Mann; Presentation by Terry Nunn)
11. Fiscal Year 2008 Higher Education Budget Recommendations: Operations, Grants, and Capital Improvements (Action)
This item recommends approval of the fiscal year 2008 recommendations for operations, grants, and capital improvements presented in Items 11a and 11b. (Presentation by Mike Baumgartner)

A Report On The Feasibility Of Textbook Rental Programs And Other Textbook Cost-Saving Alternatives In Illinois Public Higher Education (Information)
In spring 2006, the Illinois Senate adopted Senate Resolution 692 directing the Illinois Board of Higher Education, in conjunction with the Illinois Community College Board, to study the feasibility of implementing textbook rental programs at Illinois community colleges and public universities and/or other textbook cost saving alternatives.

The study concludes that a statewide textbook rental program for public colleges and universities would likely reduce costs for students and yield other benefits, such as ensuring that all students have access to required books and materials. The study further documents that rental programs could be financially feasible if funding for the very substantial initial start-up costs were secured. However, beyond the formidable financial obstacles, certain barriers and limitations would likely restrict the practicability of universal rental programs. (Nicole Krneta-Rogers; Doug Franklin; Presentation by Don Sevener)


Legislative Update (Information)
This oral report will provide an update on the fall 2007 legislative session. (Presentation by Don Sevener)

14. Meeting Updates from Board Members (Information)
This oral report will update the Board on the following meetings attended by IBHE members: Proshanta Nandi, Illinois State Board of Education; Elmer Washington, Illinois Student Assistance Commission; and Addison Woodward, Illinois Community College Board.
15. Consent Agenda (Action)
16. Other Matters/Public Comment Period
17. Executive Session
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes - December 5, 2006
This item recommends approval of the minutes of the December 5, 2006, meeting of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. (Linda Oseland)
CA-2. Financial Report
This item provides an update on expenditures and obligations from the fiscal year 2007 appropriations to the Illinois Board of Higher Education as of the end of December 31, 2006. (Peggy Podlasek)
CA-3. Public University NonInstructional Capital Project Approval
This item recommends approval of noninstructional capital projects at the following public universities: Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Chicago State University. (Mike Mann; Mike Baumgartner)
CA-4. Adopted Rules: Tuition and Fee Waiver Guidelines
This item recommends that the Board adopt the rules for the Tuition and Fee Waiver Guidelines (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1075) and corresponding proposed amendments to the Master Plan for Postsecondary Education in Illinois (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1070) as contained in this item. (Sandi Gillilan)

Adopted Rules: Nursing School Grant Program
This item recommends that the Board adopt the administrative rules for the Nursing School Grant Program (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1100) as contained in this item. (Sandi Gillilan)


Report on funding of the Illinois Veterans Grant Program, the Illinois National Guard and Naval Militia Grant Program, and the MIA-POW Scholarship Program
The attached report presents a brief history of each grant program and historical trends in funding and tuition and fee charges at public institutions. It also examines the number of recipients participating in the programs, the dollar value of benefits claimed, and the amount of claims paid at each public university and community college for fiscal years 2002 through 2006. (Darice Yonker; Mike Baumgartner)

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