BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

MEETING AGENDA

April 2, 2002

9:00 a.m.

 

1. Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock
   
2. Remarks by Victor J. Boschini, Jr., President, Illinois State University
   
3. Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director
   
4. Resolutions Honoring Board Members (Action)
   
5.

All Faculty Matter! A Study of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Illinois Public Colleges and Universities (Action)

This is the final report of the Committee to Study Nontenure-Track Faculty. The report includes data, survey opinion, and analysis of the characteristics, use, and compensation of nontenure-track faculty. The report conforms in major respects to the Committee's February draft report. Two major changes have been made. The report summarizes testimony at the February Board meeting from some critical of the compensation and working conditions afforded nontenure-track faculty, and the report includes the new recommendation that "Illinois public colleges and universities should look for opportunities to combine part-time positions".The Committee's recommendations call for public institutions to formulate plans and policies to eliminate inequities among the nontenure track and to develop fully their abilities to contribute to student learning. The report also recommends that public colleges and universities should ensure that faculty paid at a part-time rate do, in fact, work part time. Nontenure-track faculty that work near or at a full-time rate should receive higher rates of pay than other truly part-time faculty. Illinois public colleges and universities should monitor hiring and seek to ensure that the balance between tenured/tenure track and nontenure track is educationally appropriate. (Presentations by Edward Duffy and Thomas Lamont, Co-Chairs of the Study Committee, and Doug Day)

Final Report

Summary Results: IBHE Faculty Responsibilities and Satisfaction Surveys

   
6.

Review of Program Approval Statutes: The Private College Act and the Academic Degree Act

This three-part item addresses the effectiveness of current approval processes for Illinois private colleges and explores the feasibility of several strategies for strengthening these processes to assure the highest quality degree programs for the citizens of Illinois. Part I presents a brief history and summary of the regulatory statutes governing approval of private colleges and universities in Illinois. Part II explores the scope of existing authority and identifies strengths and weaknesses of Illinois' regulatory system for private sector degree-granting activity. Part III explores the feasibility of three identified strategies for strengthening Illinois' regulatory system. Although Illinois statutes do not reach all institutions serving Illinois residents, these statutes remain some of the strongest in the nation. Given sufficient personnel and budgetary support, current statutes can better assure program quality among institutions located within the state and subject to Illinois approval statutes. Problems posed by Internet-based institutions that offer substandard degrees are unlikely to be solved by amendments to state statutes. (Presentation by Marcia Langsjoen)

   
7.

Proposed Legislation to Prohibit the Use of Fake Degrees (Action)

This item recommends a legislative proposal that would create penalties for individuals who falsely hold themselves out as graduates of legitimate Illinois colleges and universities to secure business, employment, or admission to legitimate academic institutions. (Presentation by Marcia Langsjoen)

   
8.

Allocation of Governor Ryan's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget for Higher Education (Action)

Governor George H. Ryan's fiscal year 2003 state budget includes $2.64 billion for higher education operations and grants and $283.7 million for higher education capital improvement projects. The Governor asked the Board of Higher Education to allocate his budget for higher education operations and grants. The allocation proposed in this item honors the Governor's requests to include funding for certain programs, including $24.2 million for retirement as required by law, $1.6 million for Career Academies, $3.0 million for a new teacher loan repayment program, and increased funding for the Monetary Award Program. The Governor's budget for fiscal year 2003 is $26.3 million, or one percent, less than fiscal year 2002 appropriations. Once the statutorily required amount is allocated for SURS, funds available for institutional operations and grants in fiscal year 2003 are $50.5 million, or 2.1 percent, less than current year appropriations. (Presentation by Debra Smitley)

   
9.

Setting a Context for Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Development (Action)

This item presents the initiatives that will receive priority consideration in the development of the fiscal year 2004 budget recommendations. Priority items are listed in accordance with their relationship to advancing the statewide goals of "The Illinois Commitment." The item also presents a historical context of funding for higher education, and considers state revenue availability for fiscal year 2004. (Presentation by Debra Smitley)

   
10.

Redesign of Public Institution Academic Program Approval and Review Processes (Action)

This item presents an update on the work of the Redesign Group, and a brief discussion on the revision of the application form for public institution requests for approval of new units of instruction, research, and public service. The item also recommends guidelines for public institution program review to assist institutions in implementing the redesigned review process. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)

   
11.

Illinois Century Network: Activities Update

The Illinois Century Network serves 5,500 education institutions, and was cited recently as a contributing factor to Illinois' top ranking in the 2001 Digital States Survey. This item provides an update on the Network, including review of staffing, services and upgrades, facilities, and legislative initiatives. (Presentation by Neil Matkin)

   
12.

Public University Noninstructional Project Approval (Action)

This item recommends approval for a noninstructional capital improvement project for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The $77.6 million project involves expansion and enhancement of student recreational facilities. (Presentation by Sharon Ward)

   
13. Resolution Honoring Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director (Action)
   
14. Consent Agenda (Action)
   
15. Information Agenda
   
16. Advisory Committee Reports
   
17. Other Matters
   
   
 
CONSENT AGENDA
   
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes - February 5, 2002 and February 15, 2002
   
CA-2. Financial Report
   
CA-3.

Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program Fiscal Year 2002 Grant Allocation

This item recommends approval of an allocation of the fiscal year 2002 appropriation of $2.1 million for the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program. Forty-six grants supporting work-study opportunities for approximately 3,000 students are recommended. (Dan Layzell)

Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program Fiscal Year 2002 Project Synopses

   
CA-4.

Illinois Century Network Content Development Grants Fiscal Year 2002 Allocations

This item recommends funding of $900,000 for eleven projects designed to support further development of content to be carried over the Illinois Century Network. (Dan Layzell)

   
CA-5.

Illinois Century Network Regional Technology Centers Fiscal Year 2003 Grant Allocations

This item recommends an allocation of $936,569 to nine Regional Technology Centers to ensure regionally based, skilled technical support to facilitate and maintain constituent connections to the Illinois Century Network. (Neil Matkin)

   
CA-6

Higher Education Cooperation Act Fiscal Year 2002 Reallocation

This item recommends a reallocation of $150,000 in unexpended funds from the fiscal year 2002 appropriation for the Higher Education Cooperation Act (HECA) grant program. Funds are recommended for three projects. (Dan Layzell)

Higher Education Cooperation Act Fiscal Year 2002 Reallocation Project Synopses

   
CA-7

New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges

This item recommends approval for the following community colleges to offer new Associate in Applied Science degrees: Danville Area Community College, Kankakee Community College, Richland Community College, Southwestern Illinois College, and Triton College. (Diane Gilleland)

   
CA-8

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

This item recommends approval for Eastern Illinois University to offer statewide the Master of Science in Education, Master Teacher; for Illinois State University to establish the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in University Studies and to offer off-campus the Master of Social Work; and for Western Illinois University to offer a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication. (Diane Gilleland)

 
CA-9

Authorization to Establish a School of Pharmacy and Offer the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This item recommends approval for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to establish a School of Pharmacy and to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. The approval is recommended subject to the University addressing and resolving concerns and recommendations expressed by external consultants, annually demonstrating satisfactory progress to the Board of Higher Education, and establishing and maintaining operating and capital funding in accordance with its commitments. (Diane Gilleland)

 
CA-10

New Operating and/or Degree-Granting Authority for Independent Institutions

This item recommends operating and/or degree-granting authority for the following institutions: DeVry University and Old Dominion University. (Diane Gilleland)

 
CA-11

Appropriation Transfers for Fiscal Year 2002

This item recommends approval of transfers among various line item appropriations to the Board of Higher Education. (Debra Smitley)

   
 
INFORMATION ITEMS
 
II-1

Legislative Report

This item provides an update of spring 2002 legislative activity, including a summary and status of higher-education related legislation being considered by the General Assembly. The report also highlights legislation resulting from Governor Ryan's Education Summit. (Ross Hodel)

 
II-2

Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

This report is presented in accordance with a state statute, which authorizes institutions of higher education in Illinois to grant tuition waivers for the purpose of attaining gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, and requires the Board of Higher Education to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the use of gender equity tuition waivers and the progress made in achieving gender equity. In fiscal year 2001, six universities utilized gender equity waivers, awarding a total of 543 waivers with a total value of $1.4 million. The report concludes that some progress has been made in addressing issues related to gender equity, but there is room for improvement. (Darice Yonker)

 
II-3

Summary and Review of Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States

This item provides a summary of the key findings of "Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States," a report issued in January 2002 by the Lumina Foundation for Education. The general findings and related policy implications of the Foundation's report are that individual opportunities for higher education are related to where a student lives, their economic circumstances, and the type of institutions available. The report underscores the importance of the interrelationship between state financial aid and tuition policies in providing higher education opportunities. (Dan Layzell)