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About IBHE > Statutory Responsibilities

The Board of Higher Education's statutory responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing the aims, needs, and requirements of Illinois higher education and, as a result, modifying the master plan that guides development of the state's system of public and private colleges and universities.

  • Recommending to the Governor and General Assembly budgets for operations and grants and for capital improvements for higher education institutions and agencies.

  • Approving or rejecting proposals by public university governing boards and the Illinois Community College Board for new units of instruction, research, or public service; also, reviewing existing instruction, research, and public service programs to determine their continued educational and economic justification.

  • Granting authority to operate and authority to grant degrees for independent and out-of-state institutions.

  • Administering state and federal higher education grant programs, including the Higher Education Cooperation Act, the Health Services Education Grants Act, the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Act, the State Matching Grant, the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program,the federal No Child Left Behind - Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program, the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program, and the Nursing School Grant Program.

  • Maintaining a state university and college information system of timely, comprehensive, and meaningful data about Illinois higher education.
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