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September 30, 2003


SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Board of Higher Education will review a study of faculty salaries at its meeting October 7 at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

The Board also will act on revisions to the Health Services Education Grants program and view presentations showing model programs in the use of adaptive computer technology for disabled students, a junior/senior scholars program, and a training academy to recruit Chicago high school students into public safety careers.

The 2003 salary study shows that between 1999 and 2003, average salaries for public university faculty rose from $56,000 to $65,100, a gain of 16.3 percent which outpaced both the inflation rate (11 percent) and increases in Illinois per capita income (14.3 percent). Faculty salaries at private institutions rose to $72,600, from $63,100, for a 15 percent increase. But community college faculty saw average salaries rise only from $52,800 to $55,900 during that span, a 5.9 percent gain that fell below advances in both inflation and per capita income. Faculty salaries at the state's public universities continue to fall behind peers in other states, while average faculty salaries for Illinois private institutions exceed salaries at peer institutions and salaries for Illinois community college faculty outpace median salaries in other states with comparable systems.

The Board is expected to act on recommendations of a special committee that has examined health professions education programs, including a grant program designed to assist private institutions in providing health care programs. The committee made its initial report in August, and among its recommendations are:

  • To increase capacity in 13 programs - fields in which demand for services is growing, including cardiovascular technology, physical therapy, registered nursing, and dental hygiene.
  • To reduce capacity in 14 programs in which an oversupply of professionals exists, such as athletic trainers, chiropractors, dieticians and nutritionists, podiatrists, and dental assistants.
  • To review the medical scholarship program, administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, to assess its success in recruiting medical students who later serve in underserved areas of the state.
  • To make administrative changes to the Health Services Education Grants program to enhance program accountability.
  • To recognize the contribution of Southern Illinois University in addressing the health education needs of southern Illinois and to urge the university to sustain its priority on that mission.

Board members will hear presentations from three institutions demonstrating "best practices" in programs related to the goals of The Illinois Commitment, the Board's strategic plan.

  • SIU-Carbondale will demonstrate the use of adaptive computer technology and website design to foster access for disabled students.
  • North Central College will showcase its Junior/Senior Scholars Program, in which North Central students work with disadvantaged youngsters in Chicago's North Lawndale community and Aurora's east side.
  • Harold Washington College will highlight its Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy, a four-year program beginning in high school and finishing with an associate in applied arts degree in public safety.

Don Sevener



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