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Jonathan Lackland

        Candace Mueller

November 24, 2014


Board will hold discussion on strategies to increase visibility, credibility and influence of IBHE in higher education issues in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – On December 2, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) will focus attention on effective policy approaches to strengthen its role in statewide education policy discussions through effective communication, relationship building and advocacy goals. In an effort to ensure the identification of goals, target audiences, strategies, and the most effective channels to achieve the goals of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success, the Board has enacted an Action Team for Increasing Advocacy for Quality Higher Education. A group discussion will take place to consider ways to strengthen the Board’s advocacy to improve higher education throughout the state.

The discussion with the Board will be led by a panel of legislative and advocacy experts in higher education. The panel members invited to the Board meeting are Dave Tretter, Executive Director, Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities; Ed Maloney, former state Senator; Tom Ryder, former state Representative and lobbyist for Illinois Community College Trustees Association; and Michael Jeffries, Special Assistant to the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education and retired Associate Dean of Students/Director, Minority Student Affairs UIUC.

“The Board is focused on becoming stronger advocates to improve higher education in the state of Illinois,” said Lindsay Anderson, IBHE Chair. “The Board prioritized four challenges including Increasing Advocacy for Quality Higher Education which will help to produce the goals needed to meet Illinois’ goal of increasing the proportion of its citizens who possess college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.”

The IBHE will meet at 1:00 p.m. on December 2, in Conference Room C/D at the University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, Public Affairs Center, Springfield.


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