BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

MEETING AGENDA

December 11, 2001

9:00 a.m.

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1. Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock
   
2. Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director
   
3.

Statewide Results Report

This third annual statewide report highlights progress and unfinished business in fulfilling the aspirations of The Illinois Commitment. The report documents the achievements, identifies shortcomings, cites best practices, and points to challenges, which must be overcome to improve Illinois higher education. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)

Power point presentation

   
4.

Establishing Performance Indicators to Assess Progress Toward Meeting the Goals of The Illinois Commitment (Action)

This item proposes a methodology and process for developing a system of performance indicators that will help assess how well Illinois' system of higher education is meeting the six major goals of The Illinois Commitment. The proposal calls for the development of three levels of indicators: state-level indicators related to Illinois' overall system of higher education; "core" indicators for all institutions; and mission-specific indicators related to each institution's unique role and mission. An advisory committee will be formed to assist with the development of the indicators and related issues. (Presentation by Dan Layzell)

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5.

Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Recommendations (Action)

The fiscal year 2003 budget recommendations target new resources to further advance the goals of The Illinois Commitment. The recommendations call for a $100.0 million increase in state general funds for higher education operations and grants. A total of $493.6 million is recommended for capital improvements projects. (Presentation by Debra Smitley)

FY 2003 Budget Recommendations Report (11.2 MB)

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6.

Improving Illinois' Educator Workforce: A Report to the Illinois General Assembly Prepared by the Joint Education Committee in Response to House Resolution 250 (Action)

Improving Illinois' Educator Workforce was prepared by the Joint Education Committee for submission to the General Assembly to fulfill the requirements of House Resolution 250. The report provides strategies for addressing the problems Illinois faces regarding the supply and quality of educators in the state's schools. The report includes consensus recommendations of the P-16 partners concerning educator recruitment, preparation, retention, and continuing professional development. This item recommends a number of emendations regarding specific recommendations in the report. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)

Improving Illinois' Educator Workforce Report

   
7.

Policies Concerning Students Called to Active Military Service (Action)

At the October 2001 Board meeting, staff were asked to review institutional policies to protect student members of the National Guard or Reserves who are called into active military duty. This item summarizes existing laws and policies, and encourages institutions and agencies to continue their efforts to ensure that no student is adversely affected. (Presentation by Mike Mann)

   
8. Consent and Information Agenda (Action)
   
9. Advisory Committee Reports
   
10. Other Matters
   
11. Executive Session
   
 
CONSENT AGENDA
   
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes October 2, 2001
   
CA-2. Financial Report
   
CA-3.

Engineering Grant Program Fiscal Year 2002 Allocation

This item recommends an allocation of the fiscal year 2002 appropriation of $2.8 million for the Engineering Grant program. Grant amounts are determined on the basis of a maximum grant rate of $1,200 per baccalaureate degree conferred in the previous year. Grants are recommended for eight institutions. (Terry Nunn)

   
CA-4.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program Fiscal Year 2002 Grant Awards

This item recommends an allocation of $1.8 million of the fiscal year 2002 appropriation for the Eisenhower Professional Development Program. The allocation gives priorities to projects providing professional development opportunities for middle school teachers of mathematics and science. Thirty-two projects are recommended for funding. (Dan Layzell)

   
CA-5.

Graduation Incentive Grant Program Fiscal Year 2002 Grant Allocation

This item recommends an allocation of $75,000 to Western Illinois University under the Graduation Incentive Grant Program. The program provides grants to public universities that offer to their undergraduate students contracts under which the university commits itself to provide the courses, programs, and student support services necessary to enable the contracting students to complete an undergraduate degree within four years. Western Illinois University is the only institution that applied for this grant. (Terry Nunn)

   
CA-6

New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges

This item requests approval of six new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs to be offered at Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College, and Kankakee Community College. (Diane Gilleland)

   
CA-7

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

This item recommends approval for Chicago State University to establish the M.S. in Computer Science and for Northeastern Illinois University to establish the B.S. in Health and Wellness. (Diane Gilleland)

   
CA-8

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: DeVry Institute, Dominican University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago, Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Northwest, Robert Morris College, and Roosevelt University. (Marcia Langsjoen)

   
CA-9

Public University Noninstructional Project Approval

This item recommends approval of two noninstructional capital improvement projects for Western Illinois University. (Sharon Ward)

   
 
 
INFORMATION ITEMS
 
II-1

Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Reserve

On November 13, 2001, Governor Ryan asked the Board of Higher Education to prepare an allocation of a $25.0 million reserve from fiscal year 2002 appropriations for Illinois higher education operations and grants. This item presents an allocation of this reserve, which honors the Governor's request that funds for faculty salaries and retirement benefits be exempt from the reserve, protects funds for student financial assistance, and affords colleges and universities the administrative flexibility necessary to comply with the reserve. (Debra Smitley)

 
II-2

Legislative Report

This report provides a summary of fall 2001 legislative session activity, and includes summaries of all bills related to higher education enacted by the General Assembly during the spring 2001 legislative session and summaries of bills introduced subsequent to the General Assembly's adjournment in May. (Debra Smitley)

 
II-3

Update on Governor's Mathematics and Education Summits

On November 8, 2001, Governor Ryan convened a Mathematics Summit to discuss ways to recruit teachers of mathematics and how to improve the quality of mathematics instruction in Illinois schools. The Governor also convened an Education Summit on November 19 to discuss strategies for addressing Illinois' educator workforce needs. This item summarizes some of the strategies and recommendations discussed for improving student performance identified during these two meetings. (Diane Gilleland)

 
II-4

Enrollments in Illinois Higher Education

This report summarizes 12-month headcount enrollment data for fiscal year 2000 and preliminary fall term 2001 headcount and full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollments for Illinois colleges and universities. Over 1.1 million persons were enrolled in Illinois colleges and universities during fiscal year 2000. Preliminary fall term 2001 enrollment data show that statewide headcount enrollment has remained steady, increasing by 1.4 percent to 753,194. Headcount enrollment increased by 4.3 percent at independent institutions in fall 2001, increased slightly at public universities, and remained steady at community colleges. (Dan Layzell)

 
II-5

Report on Compensable Sick Leave

State statute requires the Board of Higher Education to prepare a report showing the amount by which the costs associated with compensable sick leave were reduced as a result of the termination of compensable sick leave accrual on January 1, 1998. Illinois public universities, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and higher education agencies spent $16.8 million in fiscal year 2001 for compensable sick leave, $1.8 million, or 9.9 percent, than in fiscal year 1998. During the four years examined in this report, expenditures ranged from $16.8 million in fiscal year 2001 to $20.1 million in fiscal year 2000. Accumulated liability decreased from $230.7 million in fiscal year 1998 to $194.0 million in fiscal year 2001. (Debra Smitley)

 
II-6

Report on Dental Education: A Report to the Illinois General Assembly in Response to House Resolution 334 - Phase 1

This report focuses on three issues: recruitment and retention of qualified dental school faculty; provision of current technologies in equipment and facilities as related to quality instruction and service to patients; and retention of dental school graduates in the state of Illinois. The report confirms the existence of a significant nationwide shortage of dental faculty, and presents possible strategies for addressing the competitive environment in dentistry. (Gary Alexander)